WHY IRISH EYES ARE SMILING
R. F. Foster tells the story of the Celtic Tiger
Luck and the Irish:
A Brief History of Change from 1970
by R. F. Foster
Oxford University Press, USA
$30.00 List Price
I grew up in the town of Enniscorthy, in the southeast of Ireland. Every year in the summer, we held a strawberry fair, and every year, too, the elders would meet to select a Strawberry Queen. One year, they asked a contestant what she would do with the prize money if she won. "I'd feck off to England," she said.
I was a youth then, and the words stuck in my mind when I heard them, confirming everything I'd suspected.