The great Irish invasion

State agency Culture Ireland has been entrusted with the task of promoting this country and its creative arts to the widest possible American audience. Nadine O’Regan visited the US to see how the initiative is working

2nd July, 2011
The great Irish invasion
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Janet loves going to Ireland on her holidays.

As the runway lights dip behind us, and we ease upwards into the Dublin air to begin our long journey to New York, the American retiree with the gentle smile sitting beside me can’t help but give a wistful sigh.

‘‘We had a wonderful time,” she says, gesturing to her husband David, who is seated in the row beside us. ‘‘We were here for the...

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