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The audacity of Ireland's joy

Brendan O'Connor


 

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Would we have ever thought that joy would become such an act of defiance? Defiance against a new invisible enemy, a killer virus. And defiance against the old invisible enemies, the killer viruses of shame and tut-tutting, viruses that have been endemic in the Irish herd for generations. Viruses that mutate to meet the unique challenges of each generation.

Did we ever think it would take such courage to go and break bread with friends and family? Did we ever think we would have to overcome such fear to go Christmas shopping? Did we ever think we would take our lives in our hands to eke out a bit of joy?


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