A stunning story of three generations of Irish women - Kathleen, Dominique and Jade Jordan -- and an account of family, race and belonging.
'This story is the result of long hours of delving into the pasts of my nanny and my ma. I hope it will give some insight into the experiences of one family of colour in Ireland today. Most of all, I just want to start a conversation, because once people come together to talk, the possibilities are endless.' Jade Jordan
Jade Jordan's grandmother, Kathleen, left Ireland for England in the late 1950s to train as a nurse. While there, she fell in love and married a Jamaican man. They had two sons and a daughter, Dominique, and settled in London's diverse Walthamstow. But when Kathleen decided to return home to Dublin, she discovered that the colour of her children's skin set them apart - and that their new lives would be very different to the ones they had known.
Here, in this honest, warm-hearted and often humorous multi-generational memoir, Kathleen, Dominique and her daughter Jade each tell their story.
From Kathleen's determination to raise her children with love and security in inner-city Dublin, to Dominique's struggle to figure out how she fit in as a young Black teenager, to Jade's own experiences as a Black woman growing up in twenty-first-century Ireland, Nanny, Ma & Me is a story about race in a country of contradictions. At its heart lies a tale of the power of community, love and three women for whom family is everything.
These women tell their stories with fierce honesty and sincerity ... An inspiring, insightful and sobering read - Sunday Independent