Carol Hunt: Our cultural censors need to celebrate the joy and wisdom the Star Wars franchise brought to many Irish kids
Published 20/12/2015 | 02:30
A long time ago, on a continent far far away, a young Egyptian archaeologist scoffed at my attempts to enlighten him about Irish history.
We were standing in the shadow of the great Pyramids of Giza, which my young friend told me were the oldest burial chambers in the world. "Have you not heard of Newgrange?" I asked him. He looked at me blankly. "It's part of a complex of monuments known as passage tombs," I said.
"It was constructed around 3200 BC, which makes it about 600 years older than the Giza Pyramids and 1,000 years older than Stonehenge." He started raising his eyebrows, but I was now full of the enthusiasm that foreigners abroad get from bragging about their home country, so I continued.