Jody Corcoran: If we had the chance to do it all again, tell me would we, could we?
The Age of Indulgence
In July 2004, as the first wave of the Celtic Tiger was at an end, I attended the Galway Races – specifically the soon-to-be notorious Fianna Fail tent – and wrote an article which, on reflection almost a decade later, somewhat unintentionally caught a flavour of the era.
Charlie McCreevy had just been moved to Europe and Brian Cowen, who was in the tent that day, was about to be appointed Minister for Finance.
John Peet, the Europe editor of the Economist magazine, was also there to research an article on what was then routinely referred to as Ireland, the shining light of Europe, and he and I spent much of the day in each other's company.