Man Travels From France to Discover What it Means to be Irish
Abel Kavanagh is on a quest to discover what it means to be Irish. Born in Ireland to an Irish father and Spanish mother, Kavanagh spent most of his life in France after moving there at age three. Now, as he goes through the process of obtaining French dual citizenship, Kavanagh hopes to also explore his Irish identity. His quest has taken him from France, to Dublin, New York, and Wicklow.
Now, Kavanagh plans to walk the length of the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland to ask people about their Irish identity.
This video provides a bit of the background to Kavanagh’s story as he pushes to dig deeper than the “caricature of Irishness” that is often portrayed. He plans to crowd source funding for the project through Fundit.ie:
Kavanagh says that he will soon be travelling back to Ireland, though it is unclear when he expects his journey to take place:
This quest for a deeper understanding of who I am will soon lead me on a journey from Lille, back to Ireland. From Rathfarnham and Wicklow, to the border area of Ulster, I hope this trip will help me find answers to some questions about my identity.
From "Éireannach? Irish?"
Follow along with Kavanagh’s journey on his Facebook page.