it is too early to say

John Banville, writing in the Guardian, gathers together some fragmentary moments to “provide a kind of kinetic vision, a peep-show display, of five and a bit decades in the life of a country – or two countries, depending on the shade of your politics.” Primarily a wonderful piece of writing, but also a fascinating meditation on the unnerving and invigorating effect of our own peculiar form of glasnost, identifying a current, familial, tentativeness of expression as that once cloaked by the “suffocating conformity and stasis” of the recent past. Updated over the foldChecking the print version I discovered that the article is lavishly illustrated with photographs from the last 50 years taken in Ireland by photographers from the Magnum Photos agency.. and, in fact, the article itself forms part of the introduction to a collection of those Magnum photographs that has just been published – Magnum Ireland

  • “In the 1950s, Ireland was a priest-ridden state…” a rather unfortunate turn of phrase given this week’s news.

  • Pete Baker

    So, Keith, in spite of the wide-ranging and considered article that is actually at the link, you’ve focused on the introductory comment by a Guardian sub-editor.

    You know.. the relaunch of Slugger should be an opportunity for everyone to raise the standard of their comments..

  • TAFKABO

    You know.. the relaunch of Slugger should be an opportunity for everyone to raise the standard of their comments..

    Speak for yourself, some of us come here to take the piss.It acts as a catharses for having to put up with Northern Ireland plitics in the first place.

    Sure, if ye didn’t laugh, ye’d probably vote for the bastids.