Moral of the Mayan meltdown

Ireland has much to recognise, and much to learn, from the collapse of the Mayan empire

6th June, 2009

A wonderful aspect about having generation upon generation of an Irish diaspora is that the Irish have been almost everywhere. When Jovani - my guide in the jungle by the ancient Mayan city of Copan - heard I was Irish, his face lit up, and he asked me whether I had heard of John Gallagher.

When I said no, he was visibly disappointed. ‘‘But John Gallagher discovered us,” he said.

In 1834,...

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