A pair of dam­aged jok­ers O’Hal­lo­ran on Cuba and Ire­land

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

“I did get sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween there and here. The phrase I use most is’ dam­aged joke rs ’. They em­brace al­co­hol and danc­ing and jok­ing. But, un­der­neath, they’re quite a shy peo­ple, I think. They live their live son the street or in the com­mu­nal ar­eas of their build­ings. I thought that was re­ally in­ter­est­ing.

“Th­esys­tem is pro­foundly bro­ken. But civic so­ci­ety in Cuba works.It’s a very safe place togo, a place that is much less op­pres­sive and that places im­por­tance of be­ing a good, de­cent per­son. I love thep­eo­ple.

“And they’ re in dan­ger be­cause if Venezuela col­lapses, they’ ll take Cuba down with it. Pres­i­dent O ba ma (left) did a very de­cent thing reach­ing out. If the em­bargo goes, there’ s a chance for real, pos­i­tive change. Cuba de­serves a break.And it’ll still bea glo­ri­ous ly mad cul­ture .”

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