Donal’s Lottery Is­land

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A man named Donal takes pos­ses­sion of a Mediter­ranean is­land thanks to a Lottery win. He then gifts the is­land to his peo­ple, the Gaels, and im­poses Ir­ish cul­ture on all its ci­ti­zens. How this is done is left vague. There is no sign of in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion or, in­deed, an in­dige­nous cul­ture, although wash­ing is seen strung up across what look like the ru­ins of a for­merly great civil­i­sa­tion. The main in­dus­tries now seem to be tourism and beach hurl­ing. There’s no sign of an in­sur­gency, but then we don’t have ac­cess to all of the is­land and there are dread­ful ru­mours about what’s hap­pen­ing on the eastern coast. “Donal” is spo­ken of in hushed and awed terms but we do not meet Donal. No one has seen him in years. Isn’t he fan­tas­tic all the same? Core mes­sage: The Ir­ish are great craic (what’s the Ir­ish for Leben­sraum?)

Donal’s Lottery Is­land: no sign of an in­sur­gency

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