Tuesday 24 October 2017

Joyce Fegan: Sense of entitlement? Tell that to my friends overseas

The PayPal chief was way off the mark with her comments about this country's graduates.

Joyce Fegan

Joyce Fegan

'We are gone for good. This is best for all. Do not try to find us." I first read these words in 2000 and for some reason I have never forgotten them. It was a note written by two aunts in Brian Friel's Dancing At Lughnasa. They had left for England because they couldn't find work here and they didn't want to burden their family any more. It was 1936.

But life in Ireland was vastly different in the millennium year. Unemployment teetered around 4 per cent and so I didn't know why those three short sentences meant anything to me at all.

Something else I encountered that same year was Angela's Ashes and there was one scene that stuck with me the most. It wasn't the one with the pig's head, but another meal entirely.

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