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Lucre of the Irish

For the first time in Irish history, a big, indigenous moneyed class has emerged—the product of a long economic boom and a leap in property prices. How are the new rich changing the way the Irish see themselves—and their English neighbour?

By John Murray Brown   January 2008

Click here to discuss this article at First Drafts, Prospect’s blog According to the historian Roy Foster, after centuries of misfortune, the Irish have finally got lucky. On most weekends you can see some of the luckiest at play at Ireland’s big racetracks—rough-handed farmer types, wads of notes at the ready, who arrive by helicopter with their well-dressed ladies and are as comfortable in the owners’ enclosure as in the company of the other punters pressed against the rails. On my last visit to the races, I saw one such man emerging from a corporate marquee, flute of champagne in…

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