Ireland of the welcomes – still lives! — 4 Comments

  1. Hello Ian,

    You should have been in the USA on September 12,2001.Everyone was in a state of total shock and suddenly things were put in perspective.People were deferring to each other over seats on the train, women were holding doors open for men and other women.It was as if a light bulb had gone off over their heads and they realized what was important.
    Loving and being considerate to each other was substituted for the usual big city competition for space and services.Thanking God that your family was intact and praying for those whose families were torn apart by the terrible deeds of madmen.
    Some of that civility has since worn off but for the most part it has survived because we know we are all in this together and we need each other more than ever.

  2. Ireland now is more frequently characterized by the aggressive bad manners of Michael O’Leary, whose mammy never seems to have taught him that politeness costs nothing, and the greed of U2, who lecture the rest of the world on caring for the poor and then move their tax affairs offshore when it looks as though they might have to make a contribution themselves!

    The German ambassador made a speech where he described the new Ireland as ‘coarse’, maybe he had a point.

  3. Last time I was in Dublin both driving and walking in the area around Braemor Park I was struck by the considerate drivers. Courtesy happened so frequently to make me think…”that wouldn’t happen in the North”. Perhaps people are beginning to see one another again!
    And, I turn to FORTHEFAINTHEARTED every day…your writing is an inspiration – thank you. Very happy memories of those two years in Ballybrack! God bless.

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