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26th February, 2011

It is sometimes easy to forget that Ireland is a small island at the edge of a very big ocean, close to the top of the world.

A young niece of mine was given a plastic globe for a recent birthday present and, as I pondered it, as I tend to do with any map I come across, the sheer microscopic scale of the little lump we occupy was brought home tome.

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