Horse Show is one of substance
IT is easy to be glib and point to big public music and sports events, like Oxegen or a Munster final, as evidence that the Irish spirit and love of the craic cannot be stifled by hard times.
All too easy to minimise the country's very real problems by adding a dash of frivolity, a touch of escapism.
However, in the case of the Dublin Horse Show, we have a very real manifestation of the resilience of the nation. A recent consultants' report estimated that, although the Horse Show itself operates on a break-even basis, it nevertheless pumps about €42m into the economy.