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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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Golf Clubs (Eamon Maher)

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Eamon Maher

Golf Clubs

Golf clubs were traditionally associated with the wealthy and upwardly mobile classes in Ireland. Before and during the Celtic Tiger, many developments sprung up that incorporated golf courses, leisure centres, hotels, houses and apartments. The idea was to cater for what was considered to be an ever-expanding domestic and international market based around the leisure industry in general, and golf in particular. It helped that there were healthy tax incentives in place to encourage speculators to invest in these projects. Inspired by the success of Adare Manor near Limerick, Fota Island in Cork, the K Club in Kildare, which hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup, Mount Juliet in Kilkenny, The Old Head in Kinsale, others quickly followed. Carton House, Castlemartyr, Concra Wood, Glasson, Faithlegg House, Killeen Castle, Knightsbrook, Lough Erne, The Heritage, Mount Wolseley, Tulfarris, Moyvalley are but a random sample of the growing popularity of such developments dotted across Ireland. In addition to these, there were also the member-owned links clubs such as Ballybunion, Lahinch, Portmarnock and Royal Portrush (venue for the 2019 British Open) which were well known to golfing enthusiasts visiting Ireland.

Golf resorts became popular for those interested in combining business with pleasure. Within the complex, one could enjoy excellent leisure facilities, restaurants, health spas, hairstyling facilities – in brief, anything one would require when away on a weekend break or a business trip. Banks were very much to the fore when it came to organising corporate golf...

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