We too are of Ireland — 3 Comments

  1. Even the people who live in Ireland seem think about it as though they’ve had to leave – the image of Ireland seems to be all about distant memories of green hills, the shore receding, peat-cutting in childhood. Celtic tiger Ireland was an attempt to replace that with a rich, brash Ireland of now, but it was an Ireland only a select few really got to enjoy – all that talk about how rich the Irish were when they were taking on 35-year mortgages to buy boxy new-build houses in Meath…Do we settle back now into the Ireland of nostalgia? Nostalgia still brings in the tourist dollars…

    Hmm. Your post made me think, but not very clearly, as you can see.

  2. I think Ireland needs some new sense of itself. It lacks a defining ‘myth’ that is inclusive of the whole population.

    It is interesting how the British mark their war anniversaries with increasing enthusiasm each year. The Dunkirk/Blitz spirit thing was mostly a product of contemporary propaganda, reading actual accounts of morale at the time presents an altogether different picture; yet a sense of enduring in adversity has become perceived as part of the national character.

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