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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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Texting and the Celtic Tiger (Eimear Nolan)

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Eimear Nolan

Texting and the Celtic Tiger

Reflect back for a minute to before the Celtic Tiger; if someone informed you that the main mode of communication for Irish people in 2019 would be through their mobile phones, would you have believed them? Probably not. The very notion of having a mobile phone was unthinkable, while the idea of being able to ring or text people at will was a thing of fiction. Interestingly, the first mobile phone was launched in Ireland by Eircell in 1993, Digifone (1997), with Meteor (2001) and 3 (2005) all following within the next 12 years. In that short time span, we evolved into a society that, on average, will pick up our mobile phones 55 times a day to check them. In fact, Irish people are now among the top smartphone users in Europe. Well over three million people today in Ireland own or have access to a smartphone – a number that is set to increase for the foreseeable future. In 2022, it is estimated that there will be 4.06 million smartphone users in the country. In just over ten years, we have evolved from having one home phone line, two if you were lucky, to carrying around portable devices that allow us access to each other on a constant basis.

Prior to the Celtic Tiger, we voice-called our friends and family to catch up, arrange a meeting, or ask a question. Today, our communication with family and...

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