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“Romantic Ireland is dead and gone, It’s with O’Leary in the grave”

by Aaron McCormack on March 20, 2012

Around the time of St Patrick’s Day it is good for Irish people everywhere to reflect on their identity and on the long-run destiny of the land we love.

I love Yeats – truly one of the great poets and this video celebrates the creation of an art installation placed at the to-be HQ of Anglo-Irish bank – now a half-built shell like many other construction and banking projects in Ireland.

It uses Yeats’ poem as a call to thought and uses the Anglo HQ as a reminder of what happens when we are thoughtless.

“Was it for this the wild geese spread

The grey wing upon every tide;

For this that all that blood was shed,

For this Edward Fitzgerald died,

And Robert Emmet and Wolfe Tone,

All that delirium of the brave?

Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone,

It’s with O’Leary in the grave.”


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