Wednesday 22 February 2017

An Irish Sweet Sixteen... just some of the reasons to be cheerful in 2016

Published 30/12/2015 | 02:30

'The #COYBIG hashtag will be trending this summer as more than 50,000 Irish soccer fans flock to France to cheer on the lads at the Euro 2016 finals.' Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
'The #COYBIG hashtag will be trending this summer as more than 50,000 Irish soccer fans flock to France to cheer on the lads at the Euro 2016 finals.' Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Taoiseach Enda Kenny famously promised in 2011 that Ireland would be "the best small country in the world" to do business in by 2016.

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His prediction proved a little optimistic. But after the economic and social battering we have taken over the last decade, it's important to remind ourselves how far we have come - and that we are indeed a great little country, making a unique impact all over the world.

So let's forget the dream crushers and doomsayers and, while acknowledging that life will continue to be very tough for many, Ireland has an awful lot going for it.

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