Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - SEASONS IN THE SUN -

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Clinic and To­day FM broad­caster

My favourite sum­mer mem­ory was a week spent with an Amer­i­can friend of mine do­ing the tourist thing around Ire­land. It was one of those glo­ri­ous (and rare) in­stances where the sun turns Ire­land into a green Ja­maica, and my mate’s pres­ence al­lowed me to in­dulge in all the touristy stuff you’d nor­mally avoid like the plague. The ab­so­lute high­point was sit­ting in the Blas­ket Is­land In­ter­pre­tive Cen­tre’s cin­ema. Be­ing Amer­i­can, my pal was un­aware of the rev­er­ence with which we are legally re­quired to treat Peig, so in­stead of re­spect­fully view­ing the video his­tory of the islands, he heck­led. And de­liv­ered my favourite in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the is­land ex­o­dus — ‘I’ ll tell you why they left — they all said, “Screw you Peig, I’m outta here!” ’ Maybe not his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate, but en­tirely rea­son­able.

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