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The challenge of Dónal Óg Cusack’s ‘coming out’ to heteronormativity in contemporary Irish culture and society
Debbie Ging and Marcus Free

helped publicise Belong To’s annual Stand Up! Awareness Week Against Homophobic Bullying, launched in 2010. The campaign ran in 1,700 Irish secondary schools and youth organisations in March 2012 (Belong To, 2012 ). However, his statements have often endorsed the supposedly positive features of Irish culture and society without necessarily acknowledging the more problematic and restrictive features of Irish life, particularly where religion, the state and education are concerned. He helped launch the 2012 campaign with the remark that, ‘as a people we’re extremely

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Ireland at the Dundrum Town Centre
Denis Linehan

. (2010) When the Luck of the Irish Ran Out: The World’s Most Resilient Country and Its Struggle to Rise Again , London: Palgrave Macmillan. Lynch, K. (1960) The Image of the City, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Meade, R. (2011) ‘Brand Ireland: culture in the crisis’, Concept: The Journal of Contemporary Community Education Practice Theory, 2(3): 14–20. McCarthy, C. (2003) ‘Corruption in public office in Ireland: policy design as a countermeasure’, Economic and Social Research Institute ( ESRI) Quarterly Economic Commentary, Autumn: 1

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