Saturday 21 January 2017

No outrage in Dail as we sell our heritage

Emer O'Kelly wonders at the official silence as our world-renowned arts drown in a sea of debt and neglect

Emer O'Kelly

Published 31/05/2015 | 02:30

We have individual cultural icons as well: James Joyce, (pictured) the father of modern literature in the English language, and WB Yeats, one of the 20th century's most admired international poets. Their names are known even to those who can't quote a line of their work
We have individual cultural icons as well: James Joyce, (pictured) the father of modern literature in the English language, and WB Yeats, one of the 20th century's most admired international poets. Their names are known even to those who can't quote a line of their work

Ten million euros' worth of our heritage will go on sale at Christie's in London in July, apparently because we can't afford to keep it.

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An international piano competition for young artists, known across the piano world, may well disappear after more than a quarter of a century due to lack of funding.

And on the ninth anniversary of the death of John McGahern, one of our most revered writers, there will, for the first time, be no cultural event to mark the anniversary. That's just in one month. But who cares? We are getting back to being "the best little country in the world to do business in".

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