From cottage to family home: 4 beautiful Irish properties on the market for €200,000 and under
From cottage to family home: 4 beautiful Irish properties on the market for €200,000 and...

Sarah Finnan

3 luxury tech trends to know
3 luxury tech trends to know

Jennifer McShane

Meet Ashley McDonnell, tech and luxury entrepreneur and podcaster
Meet Ashley McDonnell, tech and luxury entrepreneur and podcaster

Jennifer McShane

5 ways to help you fend off festive anxiety this year
5 ways to help you fend off festive anxiety this year

IMAGE

Supper Club: Try this super green falafel recipe
Supper Club: Try this super green falafel recipe

IMAGE

This Dublin 4 cottage has had a complete transformation thanks to its architect owner
This Dublin 4 cottage has had a complete transformation thanks to its architect owner

Orla Neligan

Set on a two acre site, this three-bedroom Kildare home is on the market for €389,950
Set on a two acre site, this three-bedroom Kildare home is on the market for...

Sarah Gill

The Sequins Edit: How to shine this festive season
The Sequins Edit: How to shine this festive season

Sarah Finnan

Accounts to follow for homemade giftspiration and Christmas décor ideas
Accounts to follow for homemade giftspiration and Christmas décor ideas

Sarah Finnan

This spacious Portlaoise home with its own peaceful garden is on the market for €340,000
This spacious Portlaoise home with its own peaceful garden is on the market for €340,000

Sarah Finnan

Image / Editorial

Ireland Inspires


By Laura George
13th Mar 2014
Ireland Inspires

Sure, we’re a nation of self-promoters and that’s got a certain charm in and of itself like the too good looking boy at the bar who gets away with the cheesiest pick up lines because he delivers them with his tongue firmly in stubbled cheek and a glint in the eye. But has anybody spotted a rash of particularly strident own-back-patting recently? Cases in point: The closing scene of The Stag. And Failte Ireland’s new Paddy’s Day video.

Maybe together they’re just a massive burp after gallons of force fed economic cod liver oil but we can’t remember a collective chest thumping this big since Jean Butler came busting out of the wings of the old Point at Eurovision 1.0, her little feet on fire.? From there, it didn’t take a country minute for Ireland to swagger its way to a Haut Tigre superiority complex.? If we believe our own PR this time, the recovery could be just as fast. And gauche.

It’d be nice if this time round, though, we’re all a bit more reticent and don’t lose the complete run of ourselves again. No strutting about trying to build the tallest building in the world or hanging out at designer water bars in the airport. We really don’t need to shout about our achievements from every rooftop and screen, lads. If Ireland really becomes the best place in the world to live, work and be, let’s keep relatively quiet about it, sit back and smell the shamrock. At least for a little while.

@lgeorge353