Surviving Ireland (Hardcover)

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Here, comedian Colm Tobin unmasks the true essence of this mysterious mist-green land with its jagged teddy-bear outline, lurking guiltily to the Western edge of Europe. Are the Irish really the slick, upwardly-mobile, bright-young things of Europe with the skinny jeans and the unnecessary spectacles? Or are they the slack-jawed simpletons you see staring toothlessly out of postcards, patting their donkeys, patiently waiting for death? Irishness means more than merely holding a passport with a harp on it. Some say you can hear Irishness in the lonesome lilt of uileann pipes. That you can smell it in the farts of a billion Guinness drinkers. Look hard enough and you can see it winking back at you from the shimmering, oily thighs of Michael Flatley. But what is it, really? It’s safe to say that Ireland is no longer just a physical place. Who are the Irish people now and where are they going? And who in the name of sweet Jesus is going to pay for it all?

About the Author


Colm Tobin is an acclaimed comedy writer and TV producer, with more than 40,000 followers on Twitter. As well as writing for TV shows such as Irish Pictorial Weekly, he wrote and produced the satirical series Langerland, and has written pieces for the Irish Times.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781848272132
ISBN-10: 1848272138
Publisher: Transworld Ireland
Publication Date: June 1st, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English