All Blog Posts Tagged 'Celtic Tiger' (5)

'I Used to be an A**hole': Lessons in Genteel Poverty

With apologies to my mother for the headline.

I met a new friend last year. He once had a good job in the private sector but fell into trouble, lost his job and put his home in jeopardy. His newfound interest in debt propelled him into a filmic…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on December 8, 2014 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Farewell to The Celtic Tiger

Ireland has recently received criticism for offering favorable tax rates to American companies who relocate there. The governor of California was particularly scathing. Other EEC countries see it as being unfair to them. Everyone concerned has a valid point but it is difficult right now for the Irish government to change its policy. The fake economic boom known as the Celtic…

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Added by P.J. Francis on June 10, 2014 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Scold That 'Tiger': Recalling the Dark Side of the Boom

Two new books by Irish writers have highlighted modern Ireland in all her graces and faults. Both works of fiction; they are grounded in the realities of recent Irish history. The Spinning Heart, by Donal Ryan, tells of what happens to a small Irish community in the aftermath of the collapse of the…

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Added by James O'Brien on May 30, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Purchasing a Place in Ireland

I lived in England two and a half decades ago during a time of great prosperity. Purveyors of T-shirts were among the many people who were out to make a quick buck - or rather a quick pound. Selling T-shirts in England - particularly ones with statements meant for other people to read - is no small achievement. The weather in England is rarely warm enough for T-shirt wearing.…

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Added by P.J. Francis on April 8, 2014 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

Back in Ireland

After traveling from the new Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport to Galway on a GoBus luxury coach I needed to contact my brother as we had arranged. My American cellphone could not get service. I am…

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Added by P.J. Francis on April 8, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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