What the world needs now is love sweet love…..lets have a chat about nationalism

Never has the music and lyrics of Burt Bacharach and Hal David resonated so poignantly as on the day Leonard Cohen passed away (he reportedly died on Tuesday 8th November 2016, announced on the 10th), the day the people of the United States of America (did we ever envisage questioning the term 'united'?) elected Donald … Continue reading What the world needs now is love sweet love…..lets have a chat about nationalism

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Was John Ford’s ‘The Quiet Man’ the ‘Riverdance’ of the 1950s?

Two pieces of Irish cultural output, both on screen, resonate deeply, not only with Irish people but across the globe in an unprecedented manner. The first occurs in 1952 with the release of John Ford's The Quiet Man and the second in 1994 at the Eurovision song contest, when the interval act  Riverdance causes a … Continue reading Was John Ford’s ‘The Quiet Man’ the ‘Riverdance’ of the 1950s?