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The Spirit of the Irish. C’mon you Boys in Green.

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English: Ireland v Algeria

English: Ireland v Algeria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni (Photo credit: PanARMENIAN_Photo)

Sunday evening will be remembered in Ireland, not as the Start of our Euro Campaign but as a disaster for the Nation. The flags, bunting and suchlike that adorned our houses and streets, even the wing mirror covers in Green, White and Orange. looked rather sad on Sunday evening in contrast to earlier in the day when they signalled a sense of hope. Even our stalwart commentators and experts, Johnny Giles and Eamon Dunphy looked sad and somewhat lost.

Come Monday morning the first light of hope emerged. Sure if we beat Spain and Italy we’ll progress from the Group and lift our spirits again. Was this wishful thinking or indeed a sign of a resurgent Nation? The realists will tell us that Spain are unbeatable as they are current World and European Champions. And Italy, well they are Italy, need we say any more. The man in the street though has an inkling…a little hope where hope seems lost. Yes, we’ll do the business. Sure isn’t it only eleven v. eleven and don’t we have  Trapattoni on the bench, a General if ever one was needed.

The Spirit of the Irish is something that has taken a trashing over the last few years. The Germans, French in more ways than one ( remember the hand of God !) and other monsters has conspired to put us on the rack, with a great deal of help from our native politicians who have sold out our sovereignty to the mighty Europeans who we now face in Poland/Ukraine. The spirit of the Irish has a ‘never say die ‘ attitude and as long as we have faith, however misplaced, we will continue to face the most uphill battles with a sense of National Pride.

I will be watching the Spanish game in the Irish Club in Chorlton, Manchester this Thursday as a guest of a fellow lawyer and nothing short of  a victory will satisfy our hunger. The Spirit of the Irish will be on display for all to see at home and across the planet and when we win, even draw, sure that’s a victory…we’ll be looking forward to ‘Trap’ planning the destruction of his native Italy in the days to follow.  Of course, if all goes belly up we can follow the fortunes of England who always provide us with a great deal of entertainment, even if in a negative manner.

C’mon the Boys in Green !!

LegalEagleStar , Tuesday , 12th. June , 2012

An Irishman at home with ‘The Spirit of Texas’.

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San Antonio - The Alamo

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Texas is unlike Ireland, in so many ways. While we speak the same language, well kind of, the whole mentality of the Texan is so unlike us Irish today. I have no doubt that they would not ‘lie down’ as we appear to be doing as regards the Banks and Big Business. The spirit of The Alamo is alive and well in Texas. We Irish fought in the Battle of the Alamo and many people in Ireland are unaware of this fact. Not so in San Antonio, where they remember that we stood shoulder to shoulder with many races in their fight for independence. And yes, Big Business is alive and kicking here with a ruthless efficiency. I for one would be occupied full-time in supporting workers rights and might well not be though of too highly as a result. That said, there is a work ethic present here that would put a lot of us to shame.

When I was young, growing up, I was aware of a sense of National Pride. Unfortunately with the onset of the Celtic Tiger our national attitudes changed and not for the better, as far as I’m concerned. There was also a kind of Tribalism that prevailed between Dublin and the rest of the country. For the average ‘Dub’ we were aware of Dublin playing in Croke Park against, well a Country side. I at least, knew of two other Counties. As my father was a Dundalk man he brought me to see the Mighty Down playing and that got his Northern Blood flowing. I was also aware of the Wee County, Louth but I have no recollection of ever seeing them play. In Texas, yes they are Americans and proud of  it,  but first and foremost they are Texans. When you see the Stars and Stripes flying outside a Company Headquarters, it will invariably be accompanied by the Lone Star i.e. the Flag of Texas. Sometimes the Lone Star stands proudly on its own. Many a proud Texan tells me of its history. The Six Flags of Texas… under Spain, France, Mexico, Independent Texas, Confederacy then United States. To this day, although this is disputed by many, I’m told that Texas has the right to secede from the Union. Whether this is correct or not it doesn’t stop many from displaying this as a car bumper sticker when they are angry with the direction the US is taking if they consider it not in the interests of Texas. Where we display, or did in past years, stickers saying ‘Keep Dublin Tidy’, their campaign states ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’.

Their attitude to crime is very black and white. If a crime is committed they go after the criminal with speed and efficiency. Child and Police killers get no mercy and these are deemed capital crimes to which the death penalty applies. I am very much against the death penalty as I believe violence by the State is obscene and that one person executed in the wrong is one too many. I understand where the Texan mentality comes from though. Life can be very hard. People have to work long hours to provide for their families. But there is a great sense of community which extends into looking after those not provided for by the State. People volunteer and as a result they have great pride in their communities. There is a certain old-fashioned attitude prevailing which I admire i.e. respect for each other. Whatever your status you’ll be address as ‘Sir’ or ‘Mam’. Nice to hear some manners spoken again. I have fallen in love with this  State, or Country, if you take that view, because of its people regardless of its Vast open spaces with its Huge Sky. I would never get a sense of  claustrophobia here, as everything really is Bigger in Texas.

As we plan to head back to Dublin shortly, I look around at the land with its wild deer, snakes (of 999 varieties), wild cats, bobcats, scorpions, and every type of bug you can imagine, and myself and family, including my grandson ‘Toes’ will miss this place. I head back home and I wonder sadly why we Irish have laid down and let our sense of Irishness and pride be taken away from us. I am certain about this, that unless we wake up and soon, we will be living in an anonymous Province of Europe where none of us will feel we belong. Already we have lost too many of our  young people to foreign lands and these were our future. What future can we look forward to now ? What will it take to wake us up again as a Nation and regain our sense of National Pride ?  Until then, I can only hope that I can spend as much time as possible among the Texan people who have made me feel, well at home here among the people of the Great State of Texas. Thank You Guys and Gals for this real sense of  ‘ Home’.


LegalEagleStar , Tuesday , 14th. June 2011 .

San Antonio, Texas.

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June 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm

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