Why is there no Irish unrest? “Because we shrug and go, shrug and go, shrug…”

Great piece on Irish emigration by Fintan O’Toole on the Irish experience of migration on the BBC’s Archive HOur, which effectively only began in great numbers with the Irish famine…

There can be few Irish families which don’t contain someone who recalls the scarring experience of pre war ‘American wakes’… and the emptying out of whole families from small, but once densely packed townlands… to start new and unregarded lives in Glendale, Dorchester, Yonkers or Somerset…

And he finishes on what has latterly we’ve become accustomed to regard as the pressure valve for a small island economy, the ejection of the young from the domestic nest…

The quote in the title is from the writer Colm Toibin, with which he argues that Irish people do not demand enough from their political leaders, but instead prefer to simply shrug, and go…

Well worth the hour it takes to listen

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty