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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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Shopping Trips to New York (Ida Milne)

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Ida Milne

Shopping Trips to New York

The hotel concierge at the Philadelphia hotel whispered conspiratorially: ‘Lady, go to Franklin Mills tomorrow. You Irish really love those bargains!’ as he staggered up to my room with the day’s loot. It was March 2008. Hotel concierges are experts and they knew, as US tourism statistics record, that the Irish passion for US shopping had been reaching unprecedented levels. I was a travel journalist specialising in the North American market from Ireland. My employer, the business travel newspaper Travel Extra, had given me the rather catchy title of shopping correspondent. This reflected the significance of US shopping to the Irish travel trade. Shopping was the ultimate consumerist manifestation of the massive expansion in travel during the Celtic Tiger, as Irish people got more confident in their passion for travel, and as their disposable income increased. Several travel companies specialised in shopping trips to cities with direct flight access from Ireland, and to the growing numbers of luxury brand discount outlet villages.

If transatlantic shopping had been an Olympic sport towards the end of the Celtic Tiger, the Irish would have had a strong chance of a medal. NYC and Company, the official destination marketing organisation and convention and visitors bureau for the five boroughs of New York City, claimed that they were receiving 291,000 Irish visitors a year by 2007, placing Ireland sixth in their international visitor chart. The typical shopping trip, according to...

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