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Recalling the Celtic Tiger


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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Notes on Contributors


Maura Adshead is Associate Professor in Politics and Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick. She was instrumental in the design and establishment of UL Engage and was appointed as the UL Academic Advocate for Engaged Scholarship in September 2015. She is currently chair of the national Campus Engage Working Group on Engaged.

Sean Barrett FTCD served as Pro-Chancellor of Dublin University from 2018 to 2019 and a university Senator from 2011 to 2016. He was a member of the Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry into the Irish Banking Crisis (2016). He has served on the National Economic and Social Council and on the board of the Journal of Air Transport Management and on OECD and EU advisory bodies on air transport liberalisation and the ending of Europe’s airline cartels.

Ruth Barton is Head of the School of Creative Arts and Associate Professor in Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin. She has written widely on Irish cinema. Her new monograph, Irish Cinema in the Twenty-First Century, was published in 2019 by Manchester University Press.

David Begg is a former General Secretary of ICTU and is currently Chairman of both the Pensions Authority and the Mater Misericordiae Hospital Group. He is author of a book on European Integration published in 2016. He has a PhD in Sociology and is Adjunct Professor at Maynooth University Institute of Social Sciences.

Susan Boyle is a drinks consultant, researcher, writer...

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