Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The Celtic Tiger

“The Tiger is now lashing its tail and smashing its way through the harp”, [1] says Seamus Heaney in repugnance at the economism which has begun to rule in Ireland and which is now set to put a motorway through the Tara-Skryne Valley. Poor Mr Heaney; does he not appreciate the necessity of destroying beauty in order that everyone might get to his desk in half the time?

[1] David Sharrock, “Seamus Heaney laments loss of Ireland’s ancient spirit to onward march of the Celtic Tiger”, The Times, 3rd March 2008. (H/T: Laban Tall, “A Few Primroses From The Curate’s Coppice”, UK Commentators (weblog), 26th March 2008.)

4 comments:

dearieme said...

But which does more harm: the self-important rush to the desk, or the perpetual sentimental goo about Oireland?

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

does he not appreciate the necessity of destroying beauty in order that everyone might get to his desk in half the time

[chuckle]

BGC said...

I like the US solution to the economic versus aesthetic dilemma (as I understand it).

If enough people really care about preserving a beauty-spot - then they club together and buy it (at a higher price than the developer is offering).

Akaky said...

And on all the New York stations the news will be, Robert Moses reincarnates as an Irishman. Film at 11!