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David McWilliams: Bad planning costs us a lot -- just look at NAMA

Published 18/04/2012 | 05:00

This weekend, friends from Uruguay visited. For Guillermo O'Neill and his wife Alessandra Lawlor, the trip was a sort of homecoming. They are part of the great Irish Tribe down in Latin America. Their great grandparents left here -- from Navan -- at the turn of the 20th Century and they have kept their Irish links.

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In Guillermo's case, going to the Irish Christian Brothers School, Stella Maris College in Montevideo, immeasurably strengthened these links. The school was set up by Irish brothers in the 1950s and is famous for being the Alma Mater of the Uruguayan rugby players who survived 72 days in the Andes after a horrific air crash. The story was documented in the movie 'Alive'.

They arrived in Dublin having travelled around the country. Of all the places they visited, Donegal blew them away. Despite living in a country with a significant Atlantic coastline, they couldn't get over the beauty of the Atlantic and the countryside in Donegal. For these two, Irish-Uruguayans, Donegal was a magical place.

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