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RTE's all too blunt message for the Irish diaspora: to Hell or the internet

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RTE is saying goodbye to its radio service for emigrants, Longwave 252.

RTE is saying goodbye to its radio service for emigrants, Longwave 252.

RTE is saying goodbye to its radio service for emigrants, Longwave 252.

Ireland is saturated with British media, but Britain has never shown much interest in what we are saying or thinking. You can buy an Irish newspaper in any British city, but this is because of the presence in Britain of immigrants from Ireland rather than because British people care to know what is happening in Dail Eireann. If you line up representative samples of Irish and British people, and ask them a range of basic questions about the two countries, you'll find the Irish know more than British people about the UK, whereas Brits know almost nothing about us.

We've assimilated everything from the Dandy to Shakespeare, from Kid Jensen to Jeremy Paxman. British people, of course, know Joyce and Yeats and Beckett, but in a different way - as world writers who happened to come from Ireland - when they're not claiming them as British, that is.


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