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Great Irish cliches
12-OCT-2009

Great Irish cliches

This is a scene beloved by postcard producers and tourists - the Irish traffic jam.
Like all cliches it holds an element of truth but I think it also illustrates how
Ireland is changing. Our neighbour is the last farmer living on our road while the bus,
which belongs to another neighbour, shows how other enterprises are taking the place
of traditional rural pursuits.
If cliches are to believed the Irish are a Guinness-swilling, Aran-sweatered band of leprechaun-loving musicians.
And while it is no doubt better than the politically motivated cartoons of the 19th century which portrayed
us as apes, it is far from the truth. We may use cliches as a kind of shorthand but they can be dangerous
if not downright hurtful unless we are careful to see what lies behind them.

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Neal Nye13-Oct-2009 11:35
Cliches aside, it's a beautiful shot with all that fall color. Wise observations in the text too.
Nora van Beek12-Oct-2009 20:11
Too many of our local farms have been disappearing rapidly, too. I suppose the money to be made by selling the land to developers is just too tempting. Cliche' or not, this is still a great image. ~V~
Johnny JAG12-Oct-2009 19:35
You'll never get all those sheep on that bus!
Máire Uí Mhaicín12-Oct-2009 19:12
Clichés sell postcards certainly,and while most contain an element of truth, their overuse is what makes clichés of them. They become jaded then, mere distorted reflections of what might bave been.
Colin Storey12-Oct-2009 19:10
Great scene and words behind it.
Keith O'Brien12-Oct-2009 19:07
Animals cause a problem for our buses too:http://www.pbase.com/image/118219052
Kevin Chester12-Oct-2009 18:58
PS You have an IKEA, your moving forward faster than sleepy Co. Durham :-)

A Nice rural scene, Cliches or not.
Keith O'Brien12-Oct-2009 18:57
lovely country scene which is rapidly dying out here too, nice autumnal feel to it as well. V
Kevin Chester12-Oct-2009 18:55
Thats a strange use for a bus.
Valene12-Oct-2009 18:47
I love the sheep. This kind of scene was common where I grew up in the country,
but is seldom seen anymore as farms have been replaced by shopping malls, etc. Great shot. V
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