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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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Internet (Catherine Maignant)

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Catherine Maignant

Internet

In 2019, the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) could rightly claim that, ‘Ireland is fast becoming the Internet capital of Europe’, due in the main to its attractiveness to both ‘established and new players from the world of Search, Social, Games, E-Commerce, Online Payments and Marketing’. Google, eBay and Yahoo established premises in Ireland in 2004; Facebook and LinkedIn opened their first offices in Dublin in 2008 and 2010 respectively; in 2011, Twitter set up its international headquarters in Dublin while Google was building its first data centre there, and Bioware was choosing Galway as its location for a major games hub. In 2015, Facebook, Google and Apple announced the creation of new data centres in the country, creating hundreds of jobs in the process. In 2016, Apple thus had a workforce of 6,000 in Cork, whereas Google had 6,000 and Facebook 1,000, both in Dublin. Siliconrepublic.com, the prominent Irish science and technology news service launched in 2002, recently announced that Amazon planned to buy energy for its web services cloud from a wind farm in Donegal. Meanwhile, the enforcement of the National Broadband Plan was necessary to allow remote working to develop. All sectors of life in Ireland have been (or will soon be) affected by the spectacular development of the Internet. Global Ireland is now the home of a multinational multilingual internationalised industrial sector, which naturally boosts indigenous initiatives and promotes the creation of Irish start-ups. The IDA rightly...

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