The elusive feel-good factor
The high-profile visits will be matters of both symbolism and substance
There is a school of thought popular with some political operatives and economic analysts that suggests that Jack Charlton was the begetter of the Celtic Tiger.
The (relative) success of Ireland’s national team at Euro ’88 and Italia ���90, so goes the argument, stimulated a national self-confidence that paved the way for the spectacular economic expansion of the 1990s, which in turn transformed Irish society. (Some versions of the theory give important supporting roles to...
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