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Irishness & being Irish

Two weeks ago, columnist Jennifer O’Connell in the Irish Times set out in her column that she felt it was time to move on from the tawdry form of Irishness that pervades the perception of Ireland that she believes we sell abroad, to be fair this piece was based on the very naff Certificates of Irishness that hadn’t been selling so very well so she was starting from a strong place.

Taking up the mantle of defending Irish pride Jennifer and I took our thoughts to the national airwaves on Dave Fannings Saturday morning show on 2FM which can be listened to here.

Since our chat on air the whole national uncertainty surrounding the very dubious The Gathering 2013 event has been brought to the fore with Gabriel Byrnes drubbing down of the entire initiative. I gave some of my thoughts to The Gathering on the show. Something tells me this won’t be the last of the criticism we are going to hear in the next twelve months regarding The Gathering.

Also Anne Sheridan in her blog puts forward a beautifully written and elegant explanation of what it means to be proud of our Irishness here .


About Brian Stokes

Spent seven years working as a Parliamentary Assistant and Personal Assistant in Dáil Éireann and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Studying History & Economics in University College Cork. Walker of a dog called Vimes.


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