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  •  Excellent diary. (8+ / 0-)

    Wow, this certainly got to my little bit of Irish blood (it's Kelly, on my mother's side) stirring.

    The second most Irish place on the planet, Boston--sometimes called "The thirty-third county"--is at once similar and very different, despite being full of actually Irish-born residents many of whom are guest workers and as I can personally attest, a lot more fun than your family in Southie and considerably less conservative and much more temperate. It is said that every Irishman has a relative abroad somewhere, and I'm always happy when I meet one here in the US. I bring this up because of your note that the Irish actually like traditional Irish music. Touristy Irish pubs like the Black Rose feature a constant rotation of traditional Irish performers and bands, which has made more than one musician I've met there chuckle a bit--in Ireland this bar is well-known for its life in the 70's and early 80's before it was a tourist trap as the meeting place for supporters of the IRA. In those days, it was a place you didn't go unless you belonged there and were ready to put some money in the "Derry can".

    I have always felt a bit of solidarity with the Republic of Ireland; its people are in some ways more brothers than cousins being (as far as I know) the only other former colony of the British who shooed them out at least in part by force of arms. Ireland should also be a cautionary tale to us about the dangers of austerity. A man named Ryan should know better.

    Thanks for the diary. Beautiful, informative, very much welcome.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 04:38:52 AM PDT

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