Ire­land loves U2, but won’t shout about it

The Guardian - - JOURNAL LETTERS -

Dean Van Nguyen’s ar­ti­cle on U2 (Ire­land’s prob­lem with U2, 12 July) is not a true re­flec­tion of the Ir­ish nor their re­la­tion­ship with both Bono and his fel­low band­mates.

For the record, Bono, leav­ing aside his band’s mu­sic, is one of the great­est am­bas­sadors Ire­land has ever pro­duced and I have no doubt he will go down in his­tory as one who did more to el­e­vate world poverty than any other dur­ing his life­time.

What Mr Van Nguyen does not un­der­stand about Ire­land is that in a su­per­fi­cial world that holds fame in high re­gard for its own sake, we Ir­ish take a dif­fer­ent view and gen­er­ally judge our fel­low coun­try men and women not by how suc­cess­ful or fa­mous they are but how they in­ter­act with oth­ers and “down to earth” they are as in­di­vid­u­als. This is of­ten mis­in­ter­preted as Ir­ish be­grudgery but we like to think of it as be­ing a more “real” way to live.

Ire­land ac­tu­ally loves Bono and U2 and is very proud of them – we just don’t see the need to shout and roar about it. Nick Craw­ford Dalkey, Co Dublin

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