An Irish state of mind — why do so many people want to don the green jersey?

St Patrick’s Day brings the question of “identity” into sharp focus, not only in Ireland, but around the world, where suddenly millions of people who we regard as foreigners suddenly become “Irish”, at least for the day.

t is a practice that is actively encouraged by the Irish State, with the presentation of a bowl of shamrock to the president of the United States and government ministers fanning out all over the globe to propagate Irish mythmaking.


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