Saturday, March 20, 2010

New Irish Folklore

As an outsider coming to live in Ireland, i had many misconceptions about what it would be like here. There is a lot of folk lore here, and i have always had an interest in myths and the like, for almost any culture, since before i could read - looking at picture of the Greek and roman legends, hearing stories of Australian Aboriginal dreamtime, as well as the Irish and English tales.

Now, i don't expect to see any leprechauns or banshees, but i was expecting rolling green hills, plenty of stone walls, dread-locked sheep, and wrinkly old men tipping hats. What i wasn't expecting was piles of rubbish on the roadside, colonies numbers of caravans parks on roundabouts or median strips, tracksuits tucked into socks without a tongue anywhere near a cheek, and pyjamas. Pyjamas everywhere....

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