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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.

Brian Lucey is Professor of International Finance and Commodities and Director of Research in Trinity Business School. He has authored numerous article and books, including What if Ireland Defaults? He is editor of two Elsevier journals – International Review of Economics and Finance and International Review of Financial Analysis.

Eamon Maher is Director of the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies in TU Dublin and is the General Editor of two series with Peter Lang: Reimagining Ireland and Studies in Franco-Irish Relations. His most recent book, an edited collection with Derek Hand, is Essays on John McGahern: Assessing a Literary Legacy (Cork University Press, 2019).

Eugene O’Brien is Head of the Department of English Language and Literature in Mary Immaculate College. He also acts as Director of the College’s Institute for Irish Studies. He wrote the first book in Peter Lang’s Reimagining Ireland series.