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It took a while, but William Butler Yeats you’re going to have to eat your penned words now (or whatever you’ll do with them from beyond your grave).

Ireland say YES to Marriage Equality Facebook.

… and despite what some may think, the world won’t end with this decision. (Image from Facebook.)

Romantic Ireland isn’t dead, as you infamously wrote in your poem September 1913. It has just been in a, some way self-induced, other ways imposed, coma. But it might be just about to rise from the flames.

It’s not a rebirth, just a reawakening. One, though, that might see the people of the old island of saints and scholars — a land that enlightened a darkened Europe back in the day — rediscover their greatness as movers and shakers; find their daring again.

In fairness, we never really lost it. It’s just that due to our self-depreciating nature, we’ve talked ourselves out of it over the years, even when the facts have shown differently. We’ve let others make us the butt of jokes with relative tranquillity; perhaps a natural reaction when you’re surrounded by arrogance (well to the east, west and south at least).

Ireland say YES to Marriage Equality, Facebook.

Image from Facebook.

You see, as Irish people have done before, they’ve shown themselves to be leaders rather than followers, this time becoming the first country in the world where the electorate, by way of a referendum, have endorsed gay marriage.

Basically, they’re allowing official recognition of, and offering parity of esteem to, a practice that has practically been around since time immemorial. For some reason it just rested uncomfortably on a male-dominated church whose word had been sacrosanct for many Irish (and others) for years. Um, why so?

Of course, this isn’t really going to change the world and, contrary to what some may think, it isn’t going to end it either. There are far greater things that we should be trying to solve and resolve that will put an end to us sooner rather than later if we don’t. But what this does show, is that as a human race, we get our knickers (or Y-fronts if you will) in a twist over rather trivial issues.

‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’ as they say. But we tend to create problems where none need exist. For that, we’re all a long, long way from having ‘a gay old time’.

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La vida en Colombia desde la perspectiva de un periodista y locutor Irlandés, quien ha estado viviendo en el país desde 2011. El blog explora temas sociales y cultura, interacción con los nativos, viajes, actualidades y mucho más. Escucha su podcast acá: https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-colombia-cast.

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  1. kosmikvisitor

    Brendan:Is quiet refreshing to find blogs like yours on this space.As long as I know, Ireland is not just an extremely interesting country becouse the recently approved same-sex marriage,but for all the awesome and interesting things it has to offer to the world.While living in the Basque Country,a friend of mine got a job at Dublin and he invited me to fly from Bilbao to visit him.I regret not having taking advantage from that golden opportunity.Nevertheless,he told me Ireland is an extremely modern country,where since they didn´t have all the infrastructure neened to become a modern country,so they built it up.Today,everything looks brand new .I know it´s an evergreen island,with a delicious,stable and comfortable clime.Next time when I go back to Europe,surely,I wish to visit this cool Emerald Island.Greeetings!!!!. 🙂 !!!!!!!.

    • beforechrist

      Hi Javier.
      Thanks for your kind words! Ireland certainly has its charms, but it has it’s problems, too, of course (where doesn’t?)! From a Colombian perspective, I’m not sure if the Irish climate could be described as ‘comfortable’ (this previous post might explain more: http://bit.ly/1zI2FwA !).
      But I hope you do visit the island some day, and if you do, let me know! Thanks again for taking the time to comment.
      Sláinte (salud) as we say in Ireland!

  2. Irish, has been holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to religion attitudes.
    wow! unchained irish, it must mean a final split between church n state n open mind ppl

    congrats.

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