If you ask me where I am from I say; ‘I’m from Tallagh’. I was born in Brazil but I have an Irish Heart.

“I’m from a very religious family who lives in a conservative country. I could never be myself back home. Where I am from, if you are homosexual, people don’t treat you the same way. If you want to function in society you have to wear a mask. I always wanted to get out of there. I dreamt of going to the USA but when I was about to get my visa, 9/11 happened. A few weeks later I got the opportunity to move to Ireland. All I knew was that Westlife and U2 were from there, and I had 24 hours to decide if I wanted to take the flight. Taking that plane was the best decision of my life! I’m living in Ireland for over a decade now. I am an Irish Citizen. If you ask me where I am from I say; ‘I’m from Tallagh’. I was born in Brazil but I have an Irish Heart. Ireland gave me the freedom to be who I am without any acting. I’m still, to this day, fighting my inner demons because the religious country where I always felt broken still has its roots deep in my soul. But here nobody treats me any differently… I can’t really explain the feeling… It’s so liberating, that to this day, I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it.”

This interview was taken as part of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum’s Story Collecting Weekend. Find out more https://epicchq.com/