Getting my Irish passport appeared a gross act of fraternisation with the enemy, judging by my father’s reaction when I requested various personal documents of his for my application. I tried to justify that, as with other British passport holders applying, it made sense with BREXIT. But the real reason had more to do with making some gesture to assuage my confused sense of Irishness and the turbulent history that has accompanied the land responsible for my uncertainty. With Northern Irish roots from my father—including Irish ones from his mother’s side—but growing up utterly anglicized and then serving in the British Army, I feel deeply drawn to, complicit in, while also totally removed from… To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free Register for free to continue reading this article Register Or unlock all Premium articles, free for 30 days Start trial Already have an account? Login Want to learn more? View all subscriptions
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