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Old 06-03-2006, 12:17 AM   #61
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which 19-20th century figure do you think has had the most infulence of how ireland is today
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Old 06-04-2006, 07:53 PM   #62
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I've been reading in the Irish and British papers about the traffic from County Meath and surrounding areas to Dublin is so bad, developers are looking to build a highway right through Hill of Tara - which I'm sure you know, is a significant spot in Ireland - historically, archaeologically and so on.
How do you feel about this? Do you think its sad to be building a roadway through an ancient site, or do you think its a necessity with Ireland being built up and modernized?
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Old 06-05-2006, 07:49 AM   #63
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It is not going right through the hill as I understand it...it will come pretty close to the hill but will be going around it....

....that being said there is a lot of arheological sites around Tara, hill forts, monuments etc, and I'm sure there are plenty of undiscovered sites in that general vicinity as well. I would at least like some major achaeological excavation of the proposed motorway path before anything goes ahead. I don't particularly like how close it will be coming to the Hill of Tara, it kinda destroys the mystique of an area if you hear cars go flying past at 70mph.

I don't think it is a necessity anywhere to destroy the past in order to modernise....one of the reasons I hate Belfast, a lot of lovely older buildings especially in the town were pulled down in order to make way for these crappy modern concrete grey buildings.....Anyway important parts of a country's past in my eyes need protected, they provide a sense of mystery and imagination which we don't get an awful lot of these days
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I agree ^
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Then would you recommend At Swim-Two-Birds? The description seems offbeat enough to interest me.


do you mean "At Swim, Two Boys"?

because i tried reading it and found it very difficult -- it assumed an intimacy with Irish history that i simply don't have.

(i say this as an American to another American, but some Americans know quite a great deal about Irish history, and perhaps you do, but if you don't, i think it would be quite a challenge)
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Old 06-05-2006, 02:07 PM   #66
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do you mean "At Swim, Two Boys"?
No, I think you are confusing two different books here.
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But your assumption was dead-on, Irvine. I am not intimate at all with Irish history.
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