One of the reasons that Irish writing is so popular internationally is precisely because of its engagement with the uncertainties and anxieties associated with the transition from an old world into a new world

LUAS tram approaches the Kingswood stop during testing

LUAS tram approaches the Kingswood stop during testing on 3rd December 2003

taken by Kieran Swords

 . There is a very real way in which that narrative is shared by many cultures and societies today and so people from such diverse places as India, Australia and America can begin to appreciate something of the Irish story because parts of it correspond to their own stories.

More importantly, in terms of our own sense of ourselves, Irish writing's consistent engagement with the themes of language and identity, power and appropriation, demonstrates a healthy desire to move between past and present and face the future and what it may bring.

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