Navigation menu button

Chris Hadfield speaks glowingly of his Irish support in space

by @JOEdotie
Email author
hi-chris-hadfield-852-17888-8col

Commander Chris Hadfield gave us some truly incredible Irish pictures from space during his time orbiting around the globe and his book for the Irish Hospice Foundation combines some of the best.

Hadfield returned from space last June but became a big hit on these shores with his imagery and even tweeting as Gaeilge. Inspired by the support he received from the Irish public during his expedition, he decided to put together his memories in a book called “The Gathering – Reflections on Ireland”.

The renowned astronaut has said he has been blown away by the Irish response and will be back on Irish shores next January when he will be a keynote speaker at a special conference taking place at the Convention Centre, outlining how he has achieved mastery and a healthy work-life balance.

irelandspace

One of the many examples of Ireland from space

There were no shortage of pictures during his time in space and the Canadian has spoken of his real affection for the country and the people.

“Space can be a lonely place, but it was made less lonely for me as I connected with so many Irish people during my last mission before retiring as an astronaut,” he writes in the book.

One incident in particular seems to have had quite an impact on Hadfield when he tweeted something in Irish, though he conceded he wasn’t 100 per cent sure what language he put in the tweet.

“When I was in orbit on my last space flight I tweeted a picture. I wasn’t sure if it was an Irish, Welsh or English port city, but I was quickly advised by those who saw it that it was Dublin. This sparked an instant and strong connection between me and the people of Ireland, divided as we were by over 200 miles.

“I found this amazing, like meeting a friend for the first time. It was a friendship that flourished and developed – a connection from space that just grew and grew.”

Hadfield also added that he believes that Irish people “have a true understanding of who they are in the world”. We’re not entirely sure ourselves about that, but we’ll take all the compliments we can get from a man of his standing.

 

Comments:

Competition

More Happens When You Add Zero–Win a Holiday with Coke Zero Find out more

Kilmurry

Pic of the day

Pic: GAA goalkeeper in Cork celebrates with team-mates despite a broken tibia
Ronaldo

News

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating Angel di Maria’s first Man United goal? Afraid not, it’s a fake…
Gear

Random Sports Stuff

These female Colombian cyclists leave little to the imagination with the worst kit ever conceived
"Runaway" New York Premiere

Music

Video: Kanye West stops gig because wheelchair-bound fans won’t stand up
Colombia v Cote D'Ivoire: Group C - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

News

EA Sports name their 20 fastest players in the world for FIFA 15
Parma FC v AC Milan - Serie A

News

Video: AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez makes the blunder of the season so far
cheryl

TV & Radio

Video: Cheryl Tweedy Cole Fernandez Whatever pokes herself in the face with a straw…
Aston Villa v Hull City - Premier League

News

Stephen Quinn: I’ll have to apologise to Jack Grealish when I see him next
Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy 17/5/2014

News

Pic: Brian O’Driscoll has a painful list of forfeits lined up for old teammate Gordon D’Arcy
Brown

US Sports

Video: CBS football host James Brown delivers brilliant monologue on domestic violence
AC Milan v SS Lazio - Serie A

News

Vine: AC Milan’s Jeremy Menez backheel goal against Parma last night was just plain cheeky
MataDiMaria

News

Video: Juan Mata acts as interpreter as Angel di Maria takes Man Of The Match award
Sutherland

Boxing

Video: This excellent documentary looks back at the life and career of the late Darren Sutherland
Moloney

Home News

Pic: Have you seen the giant octopus overlooking George’s Street in Dublin?
Ross

Style

We’ve managed to find the world’s worst t-shirt, starring Ross Geller from Friends
rugby skill

Rugby

Video: Brian O’Driscoll shows his approval for ridiculous piece of college rugby skill
Reeves

Trailers

Trailer: Reports of Keanu Reeves’ demise have been greatly, greatly exaggerated
Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

News

Vines: Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera score first Manchester United goals…
Monorail

TV & Radio

Video: Conan O’Brien performs The Simpsons’ ‘Monorail’ song live at the Hollywood Bowl
SpaceTrip

Golf

Video: Golfer wins a trip into space with this hole-in-one at the KLM Open
plane

World Affairs

Video: Watch as plane crashes into Pacific Ocean during air show
rugby skill

Rugby

Video: Brian O’Driscoll shows his approval for ridiculous piece of college rugby skill
Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 09.51.23

Golf

That’s Gas – Danish man sets new World Record for Longest ‘Usable’ Golf Club
Misconceptions Surrounding Eating Pork And The Swine Flu Lower Hog Prices

Home News

Video: A runaway pig wreaked havoc at the Waterford Harvest Festival over the weekend
mugatu

Movies

So hot right now: Will Ferrell confirms he’s on board for Zoolander sequel
TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola - Final Round

Golf

Video: Rory McIlroy holed 55 consecutive putts without missing in his warm up at the Tour Championship
Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy 17/5/2014

News

Pic: Brian O’Driscoll has a painful list of forfeits lined up for old teammate Gordon D’Arcy
AC Milan v SS Lazio - Serie A

News

Vine: AC Milan’s Jeremy Menez backheel goal against Parma last night was just plain cheeky
Parma FC v AC Milan - Serie A

News

Video: AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez makes the blunder of the season so far
"Runaway" New York Premiere

Music

Video: Kanye West stops gig because wheelchair-bound fans won’t stand up
Colombia v Cote D'Ivoire: Group C - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

News

EA Sports name their 20 fastest players in the world for FIFA 15
Sutherland

Boxing

Video: This excellent documentary looks back at the life and career of the late Darren Sutherland
Kilmurry

Pic of the day

Pic: GAA goalkeeper in Cork celebrates with team-mates despite a broken tibia
MataDiMaria

News

Video: Juan Mata acts as interpreter as Angel di Maria takes Man Of The Match award
Reeves

Trailers

Trailer: Reports of Keanu Reeves’ demise have been greatly, greatly exaggerated
Kutiman

Music

Video: YouTube clips mashed up to produce this brilliant new song by Kutiman
Ronaldo

News

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating Angel di Maria’s first Man United goal? Afraid not, it’s a fake…
Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

News

Vines: Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera score first Manchester United goals…
SpaceTrip

Golf

Video: Golfer wins a trip into space with this hole-in-one at the KLM Open
Moloney

Home News

Pic: Have you seen the giant octopus overlooking George’s Street in Dublin?
Send in a story and earn some cash