A Jar of Marmalade from Ireland
An Interview wuth Agnes E. Murray
by Jessica Murray
Background: Agnes Murray, grandmother to Jessica Murray, has been living in Ireland for almost a year. She grew up in New York City, where she married her late husband, Thomas C. Murray. Togehter they lived in Westchester, New York, and had three children, Thomas, Matthew, and Jeanne.
Q: Do you think that people in Ireland look to the United States as a major influence?
A: Yes, definitely. Ireland's citizens look to the U.S. as an influence for fashion, economics, as well as many other things. The Irish are, however, also very independent, and follow their own country's customs and beliefs.
Q: Do you think that the Irish are more aware than Americans of world politics?
A: Yes, absolutely. Irish people are more concerned and aware than Americans are. They are also more involved. I think that America is more isolated, and feels removed from other world isues.
Q: Do you think that there is more/less racism in Ireland?
A: I think that it is equal. I think that there is an equal amount of goodness and tolerance in both countries.
Q: Do you find that people in Ireland are more warm and friendly?
A: People are very warm and polite. From living in New York, I was used to a more hurried life. People in Ireland appreciate friendship, and take more time to appreciate a good friend.
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