What Are The Images Of The Celtic Tiger, Real Or Imaginary That Stick In Your Mind?

Passionateheart

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3, one of them imagined come to me - 1 Covicted wife killer Joe o'Reilly - A jackeen chancer, whoose support systems all around him led him to believe he could get away with it! In non celtic pussy times he would not have risen, having little formal education, the way he did except as a mate pointed out in the church! Aspects such as trying to pin that atrocity on a worker he sacked and also after deliberately distorting the crime scene telling the guards ' Oh, I hope I haven't destroyed forensics for ye ' indicate a man with one hell of an inflated ego brought on by his support systems!
2 I worked as a supervisor in a factory during part of it doing stuff for others. We gained a prestigious award and invited clients to the presentation, I was introduced by our storeperson to a ' lady' who was in management in the East County Galway based multinational Firm, where my line produce went. This disgusting redneck mucksavage completely snubbed me in the manner in which even a member of the old apartheid National party wouldn't dare snub a native under the old regime. Here was a clown well in her 40s who had learned nothing about how to relate to people and probably did not have much formal education, yet was in a managerial position in a multinational and probably had a nice farm with the husband as well along with no doubt occassionally enjoying the missionary position with him in the dark at night! By the way that multinational is long since gone!
3 The imagined one, which no doubt happened many times - 2 borderline underclass neighbours, probably without anything beyond a primary cert between them, congratulating themselves that the council houses they bought for half nothing 20-30 years ago, in areas such as Shantalla and The Claddagh in Galway were now worth about half a million. This despite the fact they had done nothing with their houses other than maybe glazed windows, attic conversions, central heating, maybe a small extension, but definitely some wall hanging flower pots outside. Yet here they were in their own minds having a greater understanding of economics than Milton Freidman. A mate said his image was walking through our main shopping street hearing Christy blaring out 'Ordinary Man' from a music store and thinking how irrelevant to that time it was. It certainly has huge relevance in a lot of peoples' lifes now!!
 


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Bertie doing his best to pretend, insinuate and down right lie about him and FF being responsible for the Celtic Chinchilla in the beginning, and then him, Cowen and Lenhina trying to pretend, insinuate and down right lie about being responsible for it consequences.
 

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I think there are enough real reminders that don't even need to stick in the mind as people keep seeing them.

The Spire of Dublin, which some have called "pointless", probably stands more for the Celtic Tiger than anything else. Certainly it is the association I make anytime I see it.

The Celtic Tiger era has also made a defining mark on Patrick Street in Cork with those crazy Crane lights.

Limerick - unfortunately the main real reminder is a vast skeletal hulk on one of the main approach routes to the city - the unfinished Parkway Valley Centre, a piece of madness intended as the largest shopping centre in Munster.

I'm not really sure about Galway, maybe there isn't anything as iconic there.

Everywhere of course the main reminder is the ghost estates! Very depressing!
 
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Snorting coke from a plank of decking held up by an Eastern European maid at a barbeque while wearing a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes on a trampoline on a yacht out the back of a McMansion with a jacks with two wash hand basins 50 miles from anywhere while listening to Dan McLoughlin on the iPod telling me I was loaded.
 

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Snorting coke from a plank of decking held up by an Eastern European maid at a barbeque while wearing a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes on a trampoline on a yacht out the back of a McMansion with a jacks with two wash hand basins 50 miles from anywhere while listening to Dan McLoughlin on the iPod telling me I was loaded.
Was that a real or imagined image ????
 

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After I left school and got my first full time job when peole turned to me and said 'sure why dont you get a mortgage now that you have a job'.
 

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1.Some lady who passed out in the bushes outside her bank in the IFSC being discovered by security and getting sacked.

2. The endless supply of foreign girls and the fact that decent grass was finally readily available in Dublin.

3. All those ditzy shows on RTE about 400 quid shoes.

4. The proliferation of shops that sold nothing of value except stuff like ribbons and fancy wrapping paper.

5. That report from NCB back in 07 that said we would grow steadily for the next 20 years.

6. Getting slammed by my fellow accountants for telling them that buying unfinsihed apartments in Bulgaria for a few hundred grand was silly.

7. Those idiots who bought SUVs and sprayed it with fake mud to make it seem like they were actually offroading.
 

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Snorting coke from a plank of decking held up by an Eastern European maid at a barbeque while wearing a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes on a trampoline on a yacht out the back of a McMansion with a jacks with two wash hand basins 50 miles from anywhere while listening to Dan McLoughlin on the iPod telling me I was loaded.
 

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First up, our econonmic problems began around 2001/2002, when our economic model of exporting and productivity was replaced by a cheap credit fuelled consumption bubble. Add in our entry into the euro and that was the nail in the Celtic Tiger economy.

One of my memories was that involving Debenhams. They were quite clearly robbing Irish consumer with their overpriced tat. I made it a rule that I would not shop in there as I don't like being ripped off. One saturday afternoon, I decided to take a stroll in around town and went into debenhams. I couldn't believe the queues at the registers. People buying tat and knowingly being ripped off. Also I noticed a lot in the queues had credit cards in their hands.
 

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Some foreign gypsy calling to my door as a census enumerator complete with swirling skirts.
 

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Everyone--well especially young folk---carrying, and sipping from, bottles of water

Young guys rushing from office or Luas holding paper cup of latte in hand

Women bosses

The trial of the Blackrock boys for Annabel nightclub death. Images of them attending court every day: short hair, long loose, black coats, water bottles and latte, as above...

Trucks driven by young shirtless Eastern European guys, thundering through towns in the summer----lots of kitchens to deliver...deadlines, deadlines

Cleaners called Maria letting themselves into quite ordinary little houses on empty commuter estates, to clean for the working mother...

Huge glass box house extensions with black marble topped kitchen island.

Dental implants and tooth whitening

Virtual, cashless world: "I'll just book it with my credit card"

City breaks....Barcelona...Prague...New York

"Me Time" "Pampering Weekends"...

Cheap Chardonnay

Chick-Lit. (General dumbed down culture, you were not allowed to criticize---Cecelia Ahern, Boyzone, Louis Walsh)

All those "OO" Reg cars clogging up the roads in January 2000

Glass apartment blocks in Leitrim

Dormer windows on nearly every rural new-build

The Dundrum Shopping Centre
 

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Everyone--well especially young folk---carrying, and sipping from, bottles of water

Young guys rushing from office or Luas holding paper cup of latte in hand

Women bosses

The trial of the Blackrock boys for Annabel nightclub death. Images of them attending court every day: short hair, long loose, black coats, water bottles and latte, as above...

Trucks driven by young shirtless Eastern European guys, thundering through towns in the summer----lots of kitchens to deliver...deadlines, deadlines

Cleaners called Maria letting themselves into quite ordinary little houses on empty commuter estates, to clean for the working mother...

Huge glass box house extensions with black marble topped kitchen island.

Dental implants and tooth whitening

Virtual, cashless world: "I'll just book it with my credit card"

City breaks....Barcelona...Prague...New York

"Me Time" "Pampering Weekends"...

Cheap Chardonnay

Chick-Lit. (General dumbed down culture, you were not allowed to criticize---Cecelia Ahern, Boyzone, Louis Walsh)

All those "OO" Reg cars clogging up the roads in January 2000

Glass apartment blocks in Leitrim

Dormer windows on nearly every rural new-build

The Dundrum Shopping Centre
youv`e really nailed it !
 

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I remember someone who had just graduated college a few years ago talking about a friend and wondered what was wrong with her friend, telling her "just get a job"! Of course at the time it was easier done than said (maybe not so now).

The image of teenagers out in the bars with wads of notes handing over 50 Euro notes like it was monopoly money. Of course you needed a lot of them for a decent night out.

Also the sight of that monstrosity in the middle of Tralee, some 8 story building courtesy of Lee Strand that blocks the view of the mountains. I never fully appreciated that view until it was blocked by that hideous vulgar dump which of course remains empty. I really hope NAMA or whoever owns it now razes it.
 

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Shopping for anything, anything, provided it had the shop bag and a label to take home.

SUVs, horrible yokes in suburbia.

Property talk, what boring feckin drivel.

Decking

Kids Communion madness

Never being able to get a tradesman to do any work

Holiday homes abroad

The Brown Thomas madness of putting names down for a handbag or shoes costing thousands..... LOL.

Foodies (not the real ones)

Wine buffs (not the real ones)

Private schools

maids and cleaners

Immigrants

I'll think of more.....
 

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Comrade Mick arriving from Waterford,to selling shoebox apartments to young couples. Forcing them to become debt slaves. While he put up big signs telling the "Yankee Go Home"

Capitalism Irish style.
 

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The Images Of The Celtic Tiger, Real Or Imaginary That Stick In My Mind Are:

1. Building sites and Ghost Estates.

2. Bertie Ahern slyly smiling off the front page of a news paper.

3. Bertie Ahern stammering.

4. Bertie Ahern!
 


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