"Cailc! Chonaic mé cailc!"

WHEN people start to break out of their assigned sectarian boxes, it can produce criticism and confusion in equal measure amongst those content to be pigeon-holed – as we saw recently on Slugger. Pol O Muiri seems to enjoy the fact that cultural cross-fertilisation in Ireland is exposing the contradictions that infest the narrow outlooks of hardline British and Irish nationalism in Northern Ireland when he writes “people are not as easy to pigeon-hole as the fundamentalists would have us believe. Is the Orangeman who wanted to go to Cork any more a Lundy for walking another corner of Ireland than the Gaeilgeoir from Ballymurphy for looking at Maria Sharapova’s knickers on TG4?”

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