Kenneth Cleaver 

Kenneth H. Cleaver

P.O. Box 810

Bedford, NY 10506

August 17, 2000

Consulate General of Ireland Ireland House 345 Park Avenue, 17th Floor New York NY 10154-0037

Dear Irish Consulate:

My maternal grandmother immigrated to this country 70 years ago, and her life is an Irish-American success story. After several years working as a domestic on a New England estate, she met her husband, also an Irish immigrant, and enjoyed a life of considerable prosperity and happiness. She and her husband owned a home and begat two wonderful daughters, the elder of whom is my mother.

While we have enjoyed her immensely, I'm afraid the family's consensus is that she must be returned to Ireland within the next year. She is a sweet and wonderful woman, but we can no longer stomach her mawkish poetry, songs and folk tales: most of which involve her encounters with ill-tempered County Cavan livestock.

She has become quite a nuisance.

I would be greatly obliged if you could forward the appropriate paperwork for repatriation.


Kenneth H. Cleaver

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