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Thank heavens that the Irish aren’t threatened by the cultural appropriation that occurs on March 17th each year.
While Americans don their green shirts, drink their green beer, and listening to great music (check’s Mike’s post for some wonderful songs), I thought it might be a fun idea to focus on the news coming out of Éire.
Story - Ireland - England - Rugby - Six
The big story is that Ireland beat England in rugby, winning a rare Six Nations Grand Slam in a most thrilling 24-15 victory.
This was only the third clean sweep by Ireland since the term Grand Slam came into use 110 years ago.
Irish - Championship - Weekend - Matchup - Champion
The Irish won the championship the previous weekend and came to the last-round matchup with the deposed champion as slight favorites, but without having won at the home of rugby in eight years.
The fear factor was broken in a superb first half with three tries for Ireland to lead by 21-5 at halftime.
England - Ireland - Wake - Brexit - Analysis
Speaking of England, exactly how is Ireland faring in the wake of Brexit? An analysis of European Union economic activity shows that countries are organically forming into essentially 3 specific regional groupings.
Where does Ireland fit in?
Northwestern - Europe - Democracies - Market - Capitalisms
Northwestern Europe brings together the developed democracies and co-ordinated market capitalisms of Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Austria. Southern Europe centres on Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta. Central and eastern Europe links the economics and politics of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia aspire to join the first group but share some features with the third, while Slovenia and Croatia straddle this one and the south.
…Going into the economic crisis, Ireland shared many characteristics with the south on debt and bailouts, even though its export-led growth model is more northern. Ireland’s is a liberal market economy like the British and...
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