my Cyprus, my Κύπρος, my Kıbrıs

My mother’s story

My mother’s story

Arriving on the island in 1978, still very much a young woman, my mother, of Irish-parentage, came to live in the mixed village of Potamia with my father, who had been living in London for 15 years with my auntie and grandmother, following the intercommunal strife of the early 1960s.…

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Some home truths

Some home truths

It is inevitable that having grown up in south Cyprus, surrounded mainly by Greek Cypriots and my Turkish Cypriot family members, I am more comfortable around Greek Cypriots. I’ve mentioned this on a number of occasions. However sometimes I feel it’s important to revisit certain topics as reactions and feelings…

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Mothers and fathers

Mothers and fathers

The existence of motherlands and fatherlands (Greece and Turkey respectively) in Cyprus’ past and future has long been a topic of discussion. In fact, both leaders have made either obviously negative, or veiled negative remarks about their respective mother and fatherlands over recent months. Nicos Anastasiades referred to the negative…

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Putting the past to rest

Putting the past to rest

Funerals are always difficult; whoever they are, whatever age the loved-one is and the feelings that follow are unexpected in some ways. Two weeks ago we buried my 95-year-old Nene (grandmother) in Potamia’s Turkish Cypriot cemetery, where a number of ‘Potamites’ (people of Potamia), whom I had grown up with,…

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