Let the three Irelands each vote for the President

Let the three Irelands each vote for the President
The Quiet Man: narrow cliches don’t do justice to the Irish people, at home or abroad

The Irish diaspora is more than people in Guinness hats watching reruns of The Quiet Man. It can be a source of strength, influence and prosperity for the people of Ireland

It’s something of a daily chore, pronouncing my surname. Invariably, to English eyes, it reads: ‘Meagre’ or ‘Meay-gher’. Occasionally, an Irish voice in a doctor’s surgery or wherever will get it right first time, but it’s a rarity. The sheer number of people called ‘Maher’ across Britain is testament to how many of my clan have clearly given up the ghost.

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