The challenge of Dónal Óg Cusack’s ‘coming out’ to heteronormativity in contemporary Irish culture and society
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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 Irishculture 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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, representation, resistance, nationalism, gender, migrancy and diaspora – are central in the study of Ireland, and have suggested that Irishculture is considered squarely within the history of colonialism and resistance to it, and with recourse to postcolonial critical methods. The inclusion of Irish materials in Castle’s anthology is one good example of this. Elleke Boehmer has pointed out how late-nineteenth-century Irish nationalists often understood their opposition to the British Empire as coterminous with anti-colonial resistance elsewhere, as in South Africa for example
disastrously inaccurate forecasting.
84 Allen, Ireland’s Economic Crash, pp. 121–5.
85 ‘ESRI: We’ve turned a corner and end of austerity in sight’, Irish Independent,
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86 Kieran Allen, ‘The Irish political elite’, Paper presented at the ‘Are the Irish
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87 Peadar Kirby, Michael Cronin and Luke Gibbons (eds), Reinventing