Being Irish in Norway


“You’re from Ireland? I’ve read that book Angela’s Ashes.”
“Frank McCourt is an American. Judging from his description of Ireland, I doubt very much he’s ever been there.”


“Ireland is a very conservative, religious country.”
“Not since the 90s. It’s a post-christian, materialist country. People worship money.”
“What about the abortion question?”
“It’s a question because there is – and this might be a difficult concept for you to grasp – diversity of opinion.”
“What about Northern Ireland? Don’t they fight over religion?”
“The differences between the two communities are actually political. Religion is one of the ways they identify themselves. Anyway there’s been peace since 1998.”
“Really?”
“Yes. There are political institutions.”
“Oh, I like Irish people! Always making fun, including everyone in the music, all singing together!”
“That’s why I don’t live in Ireland.”

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Barry Kavanagh writes fiction, and has made music, formerly with Dacianos and presently with the forthcoming "voodoo project".

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