Italians love Ireland. Many citizens of the Mediterranean Country travel to Ireland every year. They are tourists, students and persons that have found job in this Country. The Italian emigrant Francesco Dominoni founded the italo-irish association Irlandiani various years ago. Dominoni is graduated in Political Science at Milan’s University and he’s a passionate of internet, web and on-line publishing. The Young went in Ireland in 2002 to improve his english. Dominoni found a job in IBM and after in Ebay in few weeks. The Young, son of two Italians doctors (the mother is pediatrician and the father is surgeon) survived to the genocide of Ugandan Dictator Amin. Subsequently he frequented the Liceo in Asmara and was very interested at the job of his father (his Dad was nominated responsible of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cooperation’s programs for the development). The Dominoni’s Liceo was in danger of closing because the Italian Government threatened to close all the Italian schools of the African Country. There was the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Dominoni wrote a letter to Prime Minister of Italy Giulio Andreotti.
The Young exhorted the government to save the schools. Andreotti answered positively and the schools remained open. «That answer was very important for my life and the life of many students. The African students have the possibility to go to the Italian University with these schools» said Dominoni. Infact he moved to Milan after the end of Liceo. He collaborated with the newspaper “Il Ponte” of Gaggiano and founded “Voci di Corridoio” during the years of University. After the degree he moved to Montebelluna, a town in Province of Treviso, and collaborated with “Il Piave” and “La Castellana di Treviso”. He interviewed politics, artists and athletes of national level. Dominoni attended computer courses and earned several diplomas simultaneously. He found job in Nord West of Wind Telecomunicazioni and after in WebStore. The Young run for the presidency of Biadene, a fraction of Montebelluna, in 2000, the citizens voted him. He demonstrated his capacity and the parties asked him to run for a seat in city council. Dominoni declined the invitation and left for Ireland where he founded Irlandiani. The association has become a important reality for Italians in Ireland in few years. Irlandiani organizes many events and collaborates with the Dublin’s Italian Institute of Culture, with Italian Embassy, with the Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalization of Italian firms, with Comites and Italia Stampa. Many Italians have found job and home with Irlandiani, the association’s newspaper reports their stories. Irlandiani has published the book. “Italians in Ireland: stories, successes and characters of a people in motion”. Dominoni presented the book to the Irish Minister for Justice and Equality Dermot Ahern at the Dublin’s Italian Institute of Culture. The minister appreciated the book «Dominoni and Enzo Farinella, the Director of the Home Italy Cultural Center, carry out projects that should be examples for the Countries of European Union» said Ahern. Dominoni gave the book at the Italian Minster of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini also. Irlandiani had the honor to act as spokesman for the Italian institutions to the institutions of Ireland. Italian Senator Claudio Micheloni gave to Dominoni for Irlandiani a letter of invitation to Rome. This invitation was extended to a delegation of Irish Senators also. Irlandiani was invited to attend a meeting at the parliament of the Atlantic Country later. Dominoni delivered the letter of invitation to the Italian Senate to Senator Mullen on that occasion. Irlandiani is an important reality, the esteem of Italian and Irish institutions demonstrate this.