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Recalling the Celtic Tiger

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Edited By Eamon Maher, Eugene O'Brien and Brian Lucey

This book looks at various effects, symptoms and consequences of the period in Irish culture known as the Celtic Tiger. It will trace the critical pathway from boom to bust – and up to the current beginnings of a similar, smaller boom – through events, personalities and products. The short entries offer a sense of the lived experience of this seismic period in contemporary Irish society.

While clearly not all aspects of the period could realistically be covered, the book does contain essential information about the central actors, events, themes, and economic trends, which are discussed in a readable and accessible manner. Each entry is linked to the overall Celtic Tiger phenomenon and its immediate aftermath.

The book also provides a comprehensive account of what happened in this period and will be a factual resource for anyone anxious to discover information on the areas most commonly connected to it. All entries are written by experts in the area. The contributors include broadcasters, economists, cultural theorists, sociologists, literary critics, journalists, politicians and writers, each of whom brings particular insights to some aspect of the Celtic Tiger.

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Browne, Vincent (Eugene O’Brien)

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Eugene O’Brien

Browne, Vincent

As the Celtic Tiger’s proposed soft landing suddenly became a crash landing, and people began to realise that unemployment, crushing debt and homelessness were no longer abstract concepts, but instead staples of a new reality, the question as to how all of this had happened so quickly was one that few could answer. To paraphrase Bertie Ahern, we had moved from boomier to gloomier in an instant.

It was towards the start of the looming economic crisis that TV3 launched a new current affairs programme, and on September 4, 2007 Tonight with Vincent Browne was first broadcast. It ran from Monday to Thursday at 11:05 p.m. and lasted an hour. The programme would run until July 27, 2017, and in the process would succeed in informing the Irish television audience in an unambiguous manner about the causes of the boom and bust. Despite airing on what is usually considered a graveyard slot, the show was highly successful, drawing an average 166,000 viewers.

Browne had been a central and somewhat polemical figure in Irish journalism for a number of years, working for the Irish Press and the Irish Independent. He launched Magill magazine in September 1977, and it remained in print until 1990, being relaunched for 13 issues in 1997. In October 2004, he launched a current affairs magazine, Village, of which he was editor and which ceased publication in August 2008.

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