St. Patrick's People: New Look at the Irish pdf epub fb2

St. Patrick's People: New Look at the Irish by Tony Gray pdf epub fb2

St. Patrick's People: New Look at the Irish Author: Tony Gray
Title: St. Patrick's People: New Look at the Irish
ISBN: 0316877123
ISBN13: 978-0316877121
Other Formats: mbr azw lit txt
Pages: 236 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company (April 11, 1996)
Language: English
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Size PDF version: 1629 kb
Size EPUB version: 1457 kb
Subcategory: Anthropology




This work presents an exploration of the Irish identity, looking at the institutions and influences which have defined national character. Examining the influence of island geography and the country's natural resources, the author shows how a predominatly agricultural economy experienced an industrial miracle in the 1960s, producing entrepreneurial giants such as Tony O'Reilly. Exploring the role of the Church, the author looks at the missionary days of Saint Patrick as well as current debates over birth control, sex and the law; he also examines Celtic myths and legends, and asks whether the "little people" survive today. He studies the ethnic origins of the Irish and key events in Irish history, discusses the significance of the Irish diaspora and examines the question of identity presented by the six counties of Ulster. Also covered are: food and drink; sport and leisure; tourism and leisure; and the Irish abroad. Institutions which are irrefutably Irish - Gaelic football and whiskey, the Irish language and traditional music - are analysed as well as cultural products as diverse as James Joyce's "Ulysees", U2 and Riverdance.