spend enough time kvetching on this blog, so I thought I would say something
nice for once! Walking through my local shopping centre in Ballymun yesterday,
I saw this notice:
In 2012 Ballymun Market will celebrate
traditional market festivals including Beataine, Lúnasa Samhain &
Nollaig. If you are a local community group involved in singing, acting, music,
art, dancing or other entertainment displays, Ballymun Market would like to
work with you. We have a limited budget for each festival which is available to
those community groups who participate.
this really gladdened my heart. I think this is exactly what patriotism
and the celebration of our national identity should look like. It should not be
restricted to pride in international sporting events and Nobel prize winners
and chart-topping rock stars. It should be rooted in the rhythms and routines
of our everyday life, and in things-- festivals and customs and traditions and
institutions-- that are distinctively Irish. National identity is one
area where it is absolutely essential to be backward-looking.