Interesting interview with Frank McGuinness. He warms to the description of Irish writer not for its association with literary greats of the past, but because the term is so endlessly contestable and ready for exploration. About 18 minutes in, he tells the story of a pub in Cork which promised a free pint every time a goal was scored against England. As he points out it’s a fairly trivial case, yet he asks: what would the reaction be to an English pub which offered free pints everytime a goal was scored against Ireland? Later of the peace process he notes that, “people are preoccupied with their own belief and their own history [so] that they are not willing to share in any big dialogue”.
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