Irish Learning and Development Specialist Based in Europe
Annette Poro was born in 1962 in the west of Ireland. She was born into a very rural and agricultural society where day to day life had been largely unchanged for a century. It was a society of small farms and strict religious practices, where community storytelling around firesides still existed. This was the society that the Irish in America and Britain had left behind and which was about to disappear forever, as the 20th century closed. The countryside around Annette's home was littered with deserted houses, and as a child she and her friends peered through cracked windowpanes at deserted kitchen tables with plates still sitting since the morning that the family had left for America, years earlier. Eventually those homes fell into ruin and disappeared, and their former occupants were never seen again.
This sparked an interest in the history of Ireland and in sharing her knowledge of an Irish rural life that is now all but disappeared.
Aside from an interest in history and genealogy, Annette has a Masters Degree in Learning and Development. She is is a Learning Specialist in her professional life, currently focusing on management training. She has worked in this capacity in most countries in Europe and currently lives in Brussels.
She is interested in putting learning material online relating to the field of management and also her hobbies of genealogy and history.