Tuesday 12 December 2017

In a New York minute, everything has changed for Irish in America

We won't be getting any more questions about bombs or tigers, just jokes about our fiscal woes, says Donal Lynch

YOU can usually tell how often an American reads the foreign pages of a newspaper by the questions they ask about Ireland.

If they earnestly want to know if "there are still bombs everywhere" then it might have been quite some time. If they're still asking about the Celtic Tiger and if everyone is rich there then you may assume it's been a few years.

If, on the other hand, they wince, look sorrowfully at you and ask if your family made it out safely, then they are clued-in, up-to-date and unlikely to have any follow up queries about leprechauns.

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