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A tale of two Taytos: How an anthropomorphic crisp became a symbol for Irish identity

How a half-man half-crisp in a suit became a symbol of the Irish diaspora—and an important part of the Brexit deliberations

By Róisín Lanigan  

From running to election to appearing alongside his Northern Irish counterpart, the Tayto mascot has become a symbol of multiple Irish identities. Photo: Prospect composite*

It’s a strange time for members of the Irish diaspora around the world. As a pandemic spreads across the globe, many young people are heading into quarantine or self-isolation without knowing when they will next be able to visit their families back home in Ireland. Stuck in other countries (or perhaps still at home and yet unable to see elderly or vulnerable loved ones), our focus…

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