Hello and welcome. My name is Kim McGuire. I am an American living in Ireland. No longer a “blow-in”, I’ve lived here for twenty-two years.
In that time I’ve gotten married, lived with my single brothers-in-law (there’s a lot of interesting single-man stories in that one), written two books, built a house in what was once regarded as “the country” but has since become the suburbs, started an event management company, discovered I have Irish ancestors buried in a cemetery not too far away (who doesn’t?), co-created a website and had a family. Wshew!
So how did I come to Ireland? Simple, really. I met a good Irish man who was living in America and fell in love. He asked me to move here for a trial period of one year. Before the twelve months were up, he proposed and the rest is history. Here is what we looked like long ago.
I am a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where I studied Organizational Communication. After moving to Ireland I wrote The Irish Wedding Book and The Little Book of Irish Love and Wedding Customs. Writing about weddings and etiquette led to starting an event management company (some interesting stories in that part of my life too) which, in turn, led to co-developing a website called weddingsonline.ie. In 2000 our first daughter was born. Three years later our second daughter came along. I’ve been a full-time mom ever since.
Recently I’ve started looking to the future and wondering what to do with myself when the kids no longer need me as much. I’d like the girls to see me working at something purposeful. Honestly, I think it’s important they see their mother working given that my husband and I fully expect them to work some day. So, I’m going back to what I know how to do best – writing. This blog is the first step . It’s my test.
So here goes…my thoughts are my own…like them or not. Hopefully this blog will entertain you, make you smile, inspire you, encourage you, make you want to come to Ireland if you don’t have the pleasure of living here already. I’ll do my best to make it interesting.