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.