Introduction
in Are the Irish different?
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This chapter provides some of the insights and understandings about Irish difference. The notion of cultural difference is not just an Irish story, but a story of nations and ethnic groups all over the world. The story of modernity revolves around people coming to see and understand themselves as belonging to nations. When it comes to national difference, the Irish may then be the same as the French, Dutch, Spanish, Italians and every other nation but we make mountains out of a molehill when it comes to cultural difference. Although there were other European nations that made Catholicism a keystone of national difference, there were many factors that made the Irish project different. The legacies of the colonial strategies were imprinted on Irish minds, bodies and souls for generations, particularly in relation to the way the Irish related to sex and alcohol.

Editor: Tom Inglis

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