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Ireland’s new spirit of gentle maturity

You can see the legacy of the Celtic Tiger years, in good roads and boarded-up shops, but something different is now abroad

2 January 2016

9:00 AM

2 January 2016

9:00 AM

After a healthy Irish lunch I drove blithely off through the streets of Roscrea, I think it was, to find that everywhere I went the populace was cheerfully waving at me, smiling, gesticulating or blowing horns. When I stopped to ask them why, I found that I had left on the roof of my car a wallet containing my entire worldly wealth, cash, credit cards and all.

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