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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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The editors would like to sincerely thank the large number of contributors to this collection, many of whom did multiple entries, for their hard work and cooperation. The enthusiasm with which they accepted our invitation to be involved and their willingness to accept editorial guidance where necessary, speaks volumes as to their professionalism and dedication. We would also like to thank the Commissioning Editor at Peter Lang, Tony Mason, for seeing the potential of this collection from the outset and for the courteous and helpful way he assisted us at each stage of its development. Finally, we are immensely grateful to Paul Butler for providing us with such a beautiful cover image and to all the staff at Peter Lang Oxford for bringing this book out in a timely and professional manner.←xix | xx→ ←xx | 1→

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