I'm generally happy about lots of the general parts of being Irish and of Ireland. By accident of birth, and brilliant parents, it has educated and nourished me in pretty much every way. When I'm away, I still feel proud to say I'm Irish.
On Friday May 22, I am going home to vote YES to Ireland's historic Marriage Equality Referendum, giving its LGBT citizens the right to marry. As my mother used to say, "I never thought I'd live to see the day."
Civil rights groups welcomed the Irish government's decision to call for a referendum on equal marriage for 2015. In another positive move, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny finally came out -- so to speak -- in favor of gay marriage, ending his years of ambiguity on the issue.
The strangest Irish presidential election ever just got a whole Twilight Zone twist when the husband of Dana, alias Rosemary Scallon, a former gospel singer once based in America, claimed she had been the target of an assassination attempt.
I will return to Ireland this week to attend the second Global Irish Economic Forum. I believe the gathering at Dublin Castle can make a difference and I hope it will embrace existing ideas as much as new ones.