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Patriotism isn't hating the Brits - it's loving Ireland and John Creedon

Jason O'Mahony


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Spreading the word: RTÉ’s John Creedon is often at pains – with good justification – to remind us about Ireland’s wealth of natural beauty

Spreading the word: RTÉ’s John Creedon is often at pains – with good justification – to remind us about Ireland’s wealth of natural beauty

Spreading the word: RTÉ’s John Creedon is often at pains – with good justification – to remind us about Ireland’s wealth of natural beauty

I don't believe in ghosts. But if I did, and I had to choose a living Irish celebrity to be haunted by, it would probably be John Creedon. You imagine he'd be a nice sort of house ghost, respectful yet with little nuggets of interesting Irish geographical trivia reminding you what a great country you live in. He'd surprise you at 2am, hovering on the landing, polishing the bannisters.

"Ah, it's yourself. The midnight pee. We're all getting old, eh? But not as old as the Wonderful Barn, built by Catherine Connolly in Leixlip in 1743 as an act of famine relief, and well worth a visit for the views alone. You're nearly out of Pledge, by the way."

He could haunt the houses of the nation reminding us all, as he does on his TV shows, that there are huge tranches of this country, from our towns and cities to our parks and lakes, that take one's breath away on a half-decent summer's evening. If anything, the greatest enemy of us grasping the physical magnificence of our island is either the lack of or rapid multiplicity of seasons.