Opinion Declan Lynch

Tuesday 22 May 2018

We're experts on the English, but we're not so sure about ourselves

Boris Johnson.
Boris Johnson.
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

We know so much about them, and they know so little about us. If there is one thought that has pleased us the most, during this interesting phase in Anglo-Irish relations, it is this one, all the more so because it is obviously true.

There are many Irish people who could probably rattle off the names of about 90 football clubs in various divisions of the English football leagues, whereas there are supposedly serious Englanders who would have no idea what you were talking about if you tested their knowledge with so much as one "Shamrock Rovers".

I mean there's no doubt about this, we know them much better than they know us, and some of us even know them better than they know themselves. On this one we have them bang to rights.

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