Tuesday 22 August 2017

We still use 'grand stick' to beat our own

Paul Dolan, in yesterday's Letters (Irish Independent, October 14), wonders why the Irish cannot unite against the bond markets and bankers like the Greeks and French.

Ah Paul, a ghra, will you get sense! To understand the Irish psyche I suggest you look no further than at the final scenes of 'The Quiet Man'.

John Wayne, the wealthy Yank, is dragging uppity local girl Maureen O'Hara home almost by the hair of the head, when he is approached by one of Maureen's own, a local peasant girl who offers him a grand stick "to beat the lady with".

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