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Hunting the Celtic tiger

Fintan O'Toole, scourge of old Irish myths, has turned to the new myths of the economic miracle.

By Roy Foster   March 2004

Book: After the Ball Author: Fintan O’Toole Price: New Island Books, ££7.99

Fintan O’Toole’s Irish persona is more recognisable in France or Poland than in Britain: the public intellectual. He writes an influential column in the Irish Times, but he has also produced a stream of closely argued books on the state of the nation and a brilliant biography of Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Along the way he has been dramaturge for the Abbey Theatre and for a while commuted to New York, where he was drama critic for the Daily News, and acquired an intimate fascination with the way Irish…

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