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Martina Devlin: Irish can learn from Chile's triumph of human spirit

Published 14/10/2010 | 05:00

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera (right) hugs rescued miner Mario Sepulveda, the second man to be lifted to safety
Chile's President Sebastian Pinera (right) hugs rescued miner Mario Sepulveda, the second man to be lifted to safety

When a Chilean mine collapsed back in August and the 33 men working inside it seemed likely to be dead, international reaction was muted. We all gave a collective shrug -- the news scarcely registered.

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It was not until 17 days later when the miners were discovered, trapped alive, that interest developed. So death doesn't necessarily fascinate us. Cheating death does, however.

Worldwide, people daily breathe their last in pitiful conditions and nobody cares. We accept death lightly -- at least where it appears remote to us. But we have been absorbed by events unfolding at a gold and copper mine on the other side of the world.

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