Saving Ireland's face

Commentators, analysts and even chat show hosts have painted the bleakest of Irish pictures in the US since the Celtic tiger died a death. Since then, efforts to promote Ireland in the US have centred on our cultural importance as a nation and the up

26th February, 2011
Saving Ireland's face
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In retrospect, it was Jay Leno who was the harbinger of doom.

The lantern-jawed US chat show host makes a rather unlikely horseman of the apocalypse.

But when he turned his mocking attention to then taoiseach Brian Cowen last autumn, it was a sure sign that Ireland’s travails had caused at least a blip on the radar of the American public.

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