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On her previous trips, Fowler flew to Shannon. However, this year she was unable to get a Shannon touchdown so she flew to Dublin on a one-way ticket.
After being turned back at Shannon and sent on a plane back to the U.S. Fowler decided to not let it spoil her vacation. She booked a return flight from the U.S. to Manchester, England.
But immigration officers in England saw that she had been refused entry into Ireland two days before and they too questioned her. She was also refused into Britain.
Fowler was back on a plane headed for the U.S. again. She had spent $4,000 without a vacation.
The immigration officer in Dublin said that Fowler’s chances of ever getting back into Ireland will always be up in the air.
“She has been refused here once before and then refused in England so it going to be difficult for her to come back,” said the officer.
He suggested that Fowler bring a letter from an Irish citizen as a reference and proof that she has dependents in the U.S. awaiting her return, and a return plane ticket. Fowler has all these documents and more to take back with her to Ireland.
Fowler said there are a few reasons she has decided to give Ireland another go.
“I haven't been back in a year and I worked hard all year long for this holiday and I just love Ireland very much. It has a special place in my heart,” Fowler said.
“I didn't take any time off during the holidays and put some serious hours in each week sometimes working overtime to be able to afford the time off and have this holiday.
“ My youngest son Brandon goes to visit his father each summer for three months, and that is when I have my me time to go and travel and relax before it is back to work and being a full time mother.”
Determined to get enough money to go back to Ireland and have an enjoyable vacation, she came up with a unique idea to raise the much needed funds for her return trip.
“I love a challenge and always rise up and meet it head on. I knew I could do this like I do everything in my life, with hard work and determination so that is when I thought about using my culinary talent and selling my gourmet Irish breads door to door to raise the money to do this,” she said.
To date, Fowler has spent hours every day baking various different loaves of soda bread, including a special Guinness loaf.
“I load them up on a cart and walk door to door around town for two to three hours selling them. I do this every day weather permitting,” she says.
So far Fowler has raised $667. She also takes orders from people via phone or email. She hopes to raise $2,000 for the trip.
“I plan on doing this up until two days before I leave to go back. I already purchased my ticket so whatever I make will go towards my holiday fund.”
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