Declan Lynch: Paddy and the art of the impossible
We can't manage our own finances, but when it comes to culture and sport, we excel.
On RTE's The Frontline last week, the Irish Independent journalist Dearbhail McDonald reported the result of an informal survey she had conducted among friends and colleagues on the subject of the good things that had happened for the Irish in 2012. Essentially there were three things – Katie Taylor at the Olympics, the success of Once on Broadway, and the TV series Love/Hate.
Now the first thing to be noted about these cultural and sporting phenomena, is that they are cultural and sporting. Always, it seems, the things that bring Paddy to the attention of the world in the right way, are either cultural or sporting. And even within such volatile environments, the successes we achieve tend to be so wildly improbable, by definition there is no reliable way of repeating them.