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    Default Gabriel Byrne on the Gathering 2013

    On this evenings Last Word Gabriel Byrne takes "the gathering" to task with some choice words!
    Today FM Media Player
    begins at 20 minutes.

    Alot of Irish Americans he said are pretty annoyed with this gathering thing. People he has met in his role as cultural Ambassader said
    "we were forced out. We have no work for ya. Get a job elsewhere and come back on holiday and give us your wages"
    "a culture of gangsterism in Ireland"

    and most Irish Americans are sick of Ireland and its generational thing of ignoring the diaspora and only caring when the come back to "get the money outta them"

    People in Ireland "couldnt give a ************************" about the diaspora

    one irish american Byrne spoke to said it was "a scam" and that "he didnt need an invitation to visit his own country"

    Also got the impression that he thought Kenny was a gob************************e.

    The rest of the earlier Interview is quite good were Byrne talks about living in New York, the storm and the Presidential election.

    After his Interview Matt then played some interview recorded earlier with some Faillte Ireland guy handling the gathering in New York. He said the usual PR spiel but then said that everyone is getting involved even Gabriel Byrne!!

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    Gabriel has never been the same since 1999.


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    He is actually in a new drama starting on channel 4 called "secret state" were he plays the PM.
    Starts on Wednesday.
    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/secret-state

    looks good

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    I heard it live.

    He let rip on his views of government and Kenny.

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    The whole Gathering concept is such blatant hucksterism that only the truly stupid members of the diaspora will be anything other than insulted by it. It's an indictment of the paucity of thinking by Official Ireland that this made-up 'celebration' is considered to be a way of riding out the recession by means of riding our ex-pats.

    There's an interesting article by Matt Williams in today's Irish Times about growing up as an Irish Australian. He says that he always considered himself Irish while growing up in Oz, but when he came here was treated as a Plastic Paddy. The Gathering is just a further expression of contempt by Official Ireland of our descendants abroad. The concept embarrasses me, and if we as a nation had any real pride and weren't a bunch of greedy gombeens fumbling in the greasy till, it would embarrass all of us.

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    Heard it earlier and he was 100% right in what he said. Kenny is a joke leader and we have a joke government.

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    The Gathering is the most cynical piece of gobshytery in the history of the Irish state.
    ..the Irish nation can become other than white, by privileging the voices of the racialised and subverting state immigration but also integration policies. Ronit Lentin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telemachus View Post
    The Gathering is the most cynical piece of gobshytery in the history of the Irish state.
    Hyperbolic, but I actually agree with you. It's a disgrace, and the perfect illustration of the peasant attitude at the heart of this government

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    Right...anyone else who moans doesn't get their 'certificate of Oirishness'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telemachus View Post
    The Gathering is the most cynical piece of gobshytery in the history of the Irish state.

    Up there with Aurthers day. Should be scrapped.

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