Opinion: A “Great Escape” – Reflections of a Returned Emigrant on Trump’s Inauguration

I first moved to America, Washington DC, in March 2004. But I have had a close connection and interaction with all things American since 2001, both on a personal and an academic level. The diversity of people I encountered, including my wife, while living in various places; Washington DC (17 months), Honolulu, Hawaii (39 months), Portland, Maine (3 months), and finally Boston, Massachusetts (68 months); has certainly shed some light for me on the current situation in the United States, as the world grumbles aghast at the man inaugurated as the American President.

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Review: Féile Veteran, EP inductee: The evolution of the Irish festival?

I left Ireland, spring 2004, the first year that Electric Picnic (EP) took place as a one day event in Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois. Back then, while living in Washington DC, the event was already being talked about among the diaspora in my circle by the summer of 2005, and subsequently, year after year, I usually heard something from one of my friends at home, or from a fellow traveler who had attended while visiting Eire during the festival. I was quickly intrigued by a vision of this “Electric Picnic”, although I had never been. Its legend grew around me but I, alas, remained aloof as visits home never coincided with the festival’s dates.

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