- Jun 25, 2013
Irish people certainly do indulge in self loathing. One example is Lynch's deference to Ted Heath after Bloody Sunday, and there are plenty more of examples to choose from. You don't tend to get this in most other countries. Perhaps this is a legacy of colonialism? The need to grovel to some foreign power?I think you must be imagining things. Irish people aren't self-loathing, self-deprecating yes and a lot of the youth identify more with Europe than with Ireland because they've been conditioned to but I'm not aware of deference to what you describe as former colonial masters. Ireland is a very welcoming country and people visit because of the open and warm welcome that they get from Irish people. There is a section of society, North and South of the border that will always continue to wallow in hatred and self pity for things that happened in a different century.