The contemporary Irish writers in the face of the present crisis

Enrico Reggiani, Il Quotidiano approfondito, Tuesday December 21st 2010

   The newspaper stories on the crisis in Ireland accumulate, full of drama and frantic intensity: daily news, institutional events, and economic happenings in these difficult times on the Emerald Isle. That ancient island, characterized by an inner strength and capacity for solidarity probably unequaled around the world, which, in view of its impressive economic growth from 1995 to 2007, had earned it the disquieting nickname of the Celtic Tiger, adapting a metaphor previously used for the so-called Asian Tigers.

   This disorganized conglomeration of facts and happenings, understandably determined by the necessity of overcoming the demanding everyday life, with its cruelest expressions, pushed into second place those factors of cultural nature that emerge in the current situation, and that should be taken more seriously. First of all, the dangerous welding together many observers do of the financial crisis, European help, economic dependence, and political subjection. “Ireland is not for sale, let alone our independence” thousands shouted in the streets against the EU agreement to bail their country out. The path of the demonstrations ended in front of the General Post Office of Dublin (where the famous Easter Rebellion against the British took place), leading to two particular stances on the part of the public.

   Some criticize the organizers of the march for choosing the GPO, saying that they chose it to take advantage of the respect that the workers have for one of the historical sites of Dublin, thus mitigating the protest (the outcome would have been different if the march had ended in front of the government center.) Others say that the GPO is the symbolic location that is best for merging financial and economic demands with political ones. Not by chance, the Irish Examiner, founded in 1841 to support Irish Home Rule and the social and political freedom of Catholics, even proposed an ironic bringing up to date of the Proclamation of Independence (read by Patrick Pearse on Easter Monday 1916), transforming it into the Proclamation of Dependence (Friday November 19, 2010, can be consulted online)…

   It is perhaps needless to mention that, among the Irish banks hit by the crisis, the Anglo-Irish Bank was much harder-hit than the Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish. Beyond the actual debt exposure of the three banks, cannot one see an outcome of the Latin expression nomen omen, or yet another form of revenge against the Anglo-Irish presence by those who have a narrow (or nationalistic) idea of national independence? […]

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2 thoughts on “The contemporary Irish writers in the face of the present crisis

  1. Caro Enrico,

    Come devo fare per venire ad ascoltarti il 13/1 in Cattolica? Mi parrebbe il modo migliore per ricordare Joyce nel 70mo anniversario della dipartita.

    L’ ingresso sarà aperto al pubblico? Posso portare un amico?

    Ti ringrazio per i chiarimenti e ti invio i migliori auguri di buon proseguimento nel 2011, anno dei portenti.

    • Caro Carlo, grazie per il tuo interesse! Come si dice in questi casi, ho chiesto lumi all’Ufficio competente: si tratta, infatti, di un’iniziativa del Servizio orientamento, indirizzata alle Scuole Medie Superiori, ma aperta al pubblico degli studenti UC e degli esterni eventualmente interessati. Basta venire nell’aula dell’Universit Cattolica che indicher entro breve nel mio blog. Sar contento di incontrarti. saluti e auguri di Buon 2011 a te e ai tuoi cari. a presto



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