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Perhaps, being obviously small, Ireland could find in the expansiveness of the Continent a relief from claustrophobia. And paradoxically, in that release lay the possibility of looking back on Ireland itself, as Joyce did so wonderfully, without rancour but with a good-humoured forgiveness.

What he did in the early years of the 20th century, his country men and women did after EU membership in 1973 - being European gave us relief and release from being too much enclosed in our own company and thus allowed us to get over ourselves.

While part of the English identity was moulded against French, Spanish and German identities, ours was moulded against the English. The EU allowed us to reach out and find ourselves in a much larger and cosmopolitan social setting, so much so that being anti-English is now no longer a necessary part of Irish identity.

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