Like other pockets of Europe, Ireland experienced phenomenal growth in the 2000s.
But are the Irish more mentally equipped to deal with the recession, given their not-so-distant memories of poverty and hardship?
We have a long and proud history of poverty, I don’t know if that helps. When I was growing up, you never asked another Irish person what they did for a living, and you never turned a beggar from the door. These are lyrical and dangerous clichés, of course (though incidentally true): Ireland was by no means a classless society. Even so, I do see differences from other countries in the play of rage, entitlement and delight around money: who has it, who deserves it, who gets cross.
An insightful narrative of the recession months, as seen by the Irish.