2014 [or other year] THE YEAR OF THE DIASPORA to focus on Irish culture
Thinking of a project which might UNITE all the Irish whether in Ireland or
elsewhere to make a concerted effort, which would be culturally enhancing
and be a business too ,I came up with the idea of having
A DIASPORA YEAR.
The idea would be to get virtually everone in Ireland involved in thinking
about what it means to be IRISH, whether you are In Ireland or abroad.
Not just thinking ,but coming up with ideas for local and National events.
The YEAR of events would be on Irish soil,but while the majority of these
would be residents many would come from far and wide to take part in events ,
to create events.
Only when you live outside in Europe especially France can you appreciate
the uniqueness of a culture ,which has given it's name to Irishness.
There is of course a lot of b.......s.. too ,but I am talikng about
revealing the real Ireland of the past ,Celtic ,and so on ,the Ireland connected with France through
St. Patrick , The Flight of the Earls and after,the MODERN Ireland, including science,business
and more recent History.
While much of this would have to be taken on, preferably by private companies,IRISH of course
,and cultured etc. I would only support the whole concept if it was used as a method to involve all Irish
,who love Ireland .
It would be a way to involve those who have felt excluded by the Tiger whose stories were ignored
by the ignorant empty heads in power and in the SHOPPING malls.
There would need to contacts made with the diaspora which is less obvious too ,for example in France
,our shelter until the famine ,and which has many Irish roots.
Spain too ,and not forgetting all the others that we know about.
I have said 2014,but another date could be chosen.
What do you think folks, concrete ideas welcome ?
The idea is to involve all from school children ,historians , storytellers, local communities ,
musicians, artists business people ,friends family,and business Irish abroad .
I would like to see an emphasis on Gaelic culture, and it's specialness etc.
It worked in Glasgow to have a FOCUS year for culture,and brought world interest,
and that is what is needed.