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    Default Down down deeper & down Ireland in the 70's & 80's

    Despite being written by a Sindo hack actually seems a good read. Said hack Eamonn Sweeney has been on the radio a bit this weekend & has been knowledgable & entertaining - seemingly without any particular animus* & I picked the book up yesterday. I have only had time to flick through it so far but seems well written, informative (particularly since most of us were more concerned with sport, music & the opposite sex during these years so sometimes exact facts are slightly blurred) & entertaining.

    *his story about Pee Flynn being carried up the plinth is priceless. when he told it to la Finucane he spoke of how some of those who fought for freedom & democracy in 1916-21 were only just retiring from politics / public life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy M5 View Post
    Despite being written by a Sindo hack actually seems a good read. Said hack Eamonn Sweeney has been on the radio a bit this weekend & has been knowledgable & entertaining - seemingly without any particular animus* & I picked the book up yesterday. I have only had time to flick through it so far but seems well written, informative (particularly since most of us were more concerned with sport, music & the opposite sex during these years so sometimes exact facts are slightly blurred) & entertaining.

    *his story about Pee Flynn being carried up the plinth is priceless. when he told it to la Finucane he spoke of how some of those who fought for freedom & democracy in 1916-21 were only just retiring from politics / public life.
    Ireland the 1970's when much of Ireland had only one TV channell and that was in black and white. Ah yes, the good old days

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlabMurphy View Post
    Ireland the 1970's when much of Ireland had only one TV channell and that was in black and white. Ah yes, the good old days
    It was easy to play in the street too (& for our parents to find parking) Tayto crisps (what do you mean what flavour?), warm lucozade given to us by our parents to shut us up.

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    At least we had decent music in the 1970's/ 1980's, this recession has nothin, X factor b/s.

    Oh... we had The Police, Led zepplin, Ska, Mod, New Romantics, Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, The Pogues, The Stunning, Light a big fire to name a few.

    Today we have Jedward... no wonder this recession feels longer.

    Oh sigh.

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    Don't forget Loop de loops, wibbly wobbly wonders and Christy Heffernan! And hair, lots of hair...

    Dead wasps in shop windows.
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    Just bought the book last week and read it during said week.

    It's a very interesting read - despite the misleading title (it ends in 1985!).
    The one problem I have - and it's a nitpicking one - is his reference style.

    The author has his footnotes at the back and merely gives you the name of the book he referenced, no page number, which is frustrating if you're using the book asa springboard for further research.

    Besides this, he is overly reliant on the one source for certain stories, an example being Nell McCafferty's book on the Kerry Babies. He uses it as a source almost exclusively.

    Nitpicking aside, a genuinely interesting read!

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    Isn't it now 1987 economically? Ray McSharry fixed the country in just a few years. Just copy his solution FFS - we know it works and we now what fails from the early 1980s (tax rises and unions)

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    Quote Originally Posted by toughbutfair View Post
    Isn't it now 1987 economically? Ray McSharry fixed the country in just a few years. Just copy his solution FFS - we know it works and we now what fails from the early 1980s (tax rises and unions)
    '...Coalition has facilitated, in particular, a social partnership that has seen the successful conclusion of successive national pay agreements. However, as a form of government, its value may be sorely tested in the near future if Sinn Féin makes further significant strides in the Republic and comes to hold the balance of power in Dáil Éireann.'

    Moments That Changed Us, Kenny, C., p.141

    - was reading this today, with bitter amusement (it was published in the hunky dory year of 2005)

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