Sunday 24 September 2017

Let's all celebrate pluck of the Irish

It is time to take a vacation from the recession and celebrate what our American friends call "the pluck of the Irish". Sadly, such is the damage that has been done to the national psyche by our recent unlamented Government, for many the concept of a holiday, joy or even phrases such as Irish "pluck" will only incite a bitter laugh.

But, once we leave the context of Enda Kenny aside, the youngest member of the Dail, the Fine Gael TD Simon Harris, was right to suggest the time for mourning is over and it is time again to "hang out our brightest colours''.

Ireland has in the last three years fallen into a slough of despond, which approximates all too closely to the Punch-style colonial stereotype of "Paddy is either laughing or crying". But are those resurgent great Irish begrudgers who speak with such sneering delight of how Pat fell completely out of his depth once he abandoned an economy based on "the pig and the potato" entirely right?

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