Wednesday 7 December 2016

Aussie TV pundit’s slur reminds us of our famous humour

Published 04/06/2015 | 02:30

Irish roots: Former US president Ronald Reagan enjoys a pint
Irish roots: Former US president Ronald Reagan enjoys a pint

We Irish can rely, among other things, on our self-deprecating sense of humour to deal with any errant, disparaging remarks by Australian commentator Grahame Morris, as reported in your June 2 edition.

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Not only could we not "grow potatoes," but as can be attested by the one-liner "I never knew ya took a drink at all until I saw ya sober one day," to an appreciable extent, we have made our way in the world not just by our excellence in the arts and sciences, business and politics, but with a balanced, humorous acknowledgment and occasional self-caricature of our long-suspected national proclivities.

Last month, however, Irish at home and abroad, forgetting Oscar Wilde's "life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about", demanded the world notice the constitutional amendment, concluded by a landmark national referendum.

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