NY Times' Maureen Dowd pays homage to her Irish family
Doctorate acceptance speech in Galway traces her heritage
I am still a bit nervous, though, and I'll tell you why. Last year, when i came to Ireland to cover president Obama's trip here, I got a chatty immigration agent.
"And what are you after doing here?'' he asked me. "I’m here to report on president Obama discovering his Irish roots,'' i said.
"And how would that be?" he asked me.
"His people came from Moneygall," I told him.
He stared at me for a moment. "I have me doubts," he said.
My great fear is that I'll run into that same agent the next time I come to Ireland and when I give him my name, Doctor Dowd, he will stare at me and say
“I have me doubts.''
I want to especially thank my beautiful sister, Peggy, and all my
lovely Galway relatives who were kind enough to come. I know that my parents are looking down, from the Ballinrobe-Ballyvaughan neighborhood of heaven.
And my dad is putting his arm around my mom and murmuring, "not bad, Peg."
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