- 22 Jul 08
The twin spectres of recession and emigration may loom large, but that's no reason for the media to make things worse by indulging in gross exaggeration
The last census showed, if proof were needed, that Ireland is relentlessly becoming a suburban society. And yet, we are all variously still close enough to the land for our year to arc and contour according to clearly defined and essentially pastoral markers. If it’s Oxegen weekend, it must be the real midsummer. After that we’re down the back strait of the Galway Races, the best known but far from only manifestation of the old Gaelic festival of Lughnasa.