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By John Waters

Which 50 humans grew to become eire into the fecked-up state she is this present day? Bono? Haughey? Louis Walsh? de Valera? it is time to identify and disgrace the good, the great and the gobshites...Conventional knowledge has it that eire, after a violent and tragic background, had started to get issues correct. but if the ailing wind of recession cruelly snatched that self-satisfied success away, all of it looked like particularly again success. In his 50 brilliantly acerbic photos Waters unearths a constant development of self-delusion, myopia, inferiority complicated, bravado, defeatism, cynicism, sentimentalism and vanity. He strains Ireland's tale from the paranoid insularism and cultural myopia that nationwide Independence, even though the post-Sixties obsession with a fake 'self-confidence', to the ultimate, salutary meltdown of the Celtic Tiger, and unusually missing both Celts or tigers. as soon as one of the oldest civilization in Europe, eire has ended up as a second-rate model of the britain it attempted to discard. It threw out no longer in simple terms the bathwater and the newborn, but in addition the bath, the sponge and the rubber duck...

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