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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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Craft Beer (Susan Boyle)

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Susan Boyle

Craft Beer

To reap, you first must sow and the seeds of Ireland’s craft brewing renaissance were planted in the late 1990s while the Celtic Tiger was just a cub. Due to consolidation of breweries and domination of the Irish beer market by global multinational breweries, by the early 1990s there were only a handful of breweries remaining in Ireland. This is in contrast to more than 200 breweries dotted across the country at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

As a reaction to the homogenisation of the beer industry, and taking inspiration from other countries with established craft beer scenes, Ireland’s craft breweries and brew pubs poured their first pints in the 1990s. This new wave of Irish craft brewing included The Carlow Brewing Company, established in 1996, Porterhouse brew-pub, Temple bar, 1996 and Franciscan Well in Cork, 1998.

For the next 10 years, Ireland craft brewing remained in a more or less latent state. During this time, the country’s future craft brewers were traveling, drinking craft beer in other places and learning to home brew. Many of them worked in the IT sector or in jobs connected with the booming building industry. Meanwhile, the national road infrastructure was undergoing major improvements: essential to a successful brewery is ensuring a way of transporting beer to where it will be consumed. Moreover, industrial estates were popping up at sites close to these transport arteries. Units in these industrial estates would...

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