Requiem for a disconnected country
Greed has caused us to take all that is good about this nation for granted for too long, says Declan Lynch
I would add my voice to all the fine talk we heard last week about the arts and culture and all that, and how our writers and musicians and creative people in general have brought so much credit to this country, when others have brought only shame.
Now that we realise we weren't really much good after all at the money game, and that the old religion is not there for us any more, it is indeed wise that we seek sustenance in these things that we really are good at, things at which we are "world class" in the true sense rather than the corporate bullshit sense. That we proclaim our excellence where it is justified. That we talk up the value of our intellectual property.
But this, too, may involve us facing some hard questions, one of which occurred to me only last Saturday night and which I put to you today: do you know who Paul Tiernan is?