Wednesday 7 December 2016

Putting a hearty laugh back into the community

It is our sense of coming together for festivals and fun activities that will repair our battered nation, writes Eamon Keane

Published 12/06/2011 | 05:00

SO Riverdance makes Enda cry. Well sorry, but what this country needs is TV entertainment that uplifts the nation. Last weekend, thousands of people around the country rediscovered fun.

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Yes, does anybody remember laughter? It's as if we have been in a prison for the last two years, bombarded by the non-stop news diet of Banks, Bailouts and Bandits.

Two things stood out for me as we enjoyed last weekend's various festivals. One was our aching need for community. People want to be able to come together in groups. Many live fragmented lives, isolating even more as the recession bites in. Whether it's an American president, the queen or a TV programme, people want something to connect with.

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