Tuesday 12 December 2017

Medb Ruane: The art of selling us short: can Gabriel really make a difference?

Medb Ruane

Who is Gabriel Byrne? As of this Paddy's week, the actor is Ireland's first cultural ambassador to the USA. You don't have to talk nice to him or call him 'Excellency,' unless you want to. Anyways, the job's honourary so he won't be paid.

Byrne looked more Dr Paul Weston (In Treatment) than Pat Bracken (old RTE series) as he stood with Brian Cowen in Washington and told the world that Irish artists had never let their country down.

True. Flann O'Brien on 'the shamrocks and shenanigans and bullshit' that Paddy's Day provokes is just as incisive as James Joyce on Ireland as 'the old sow that eats her farrow'. And how it feeds on.

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