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A fresh and thoughtful analysis of what it means to be Irish in the 21st century. Clare O’Dea takes the 10 most common assumptions about the Irish and examines them one by one. Are the Irish friendly? Do we have a drink problem? Are we all great writers? And do we really hate the English? In this entertaining and insightful book, these clichés and more are held up to the l ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 19th 2019 by Red Stag (a Mentor Books imprint)
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Padraig Rooney
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As an inveterate exile I always enjoy looking back at the oul' sod and wondering how it's doing. The Naked Irish assesses Ireland and the Irish from something of a distance but with a sharp sense of the sentimental pitfalls in taking on a place where the writer once lived. Clare O'Dea does a great job of marshalling facts and making them work for her without necessarily making them palatable. Her survey of what sets the country and its people ticking is filled with affection but at the same time ...more
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May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I just can't let this country go after visiting it last year. In Naked Irish, O'Dea tackles several popular myths/stereotypes about Irish people and using facts, statistics and history determines whether they are true or not. Some bear out, but with the hindsight of history even some of the more persistent "traits" seem understandable. On the chapter examining the perception that Irish women are either tough, pitiful or the well-meaning biddy, facts that seem incomprehensible to a North American ...more
Seamus Sloan
Very Good Book and very interesting about the Irish ways and being Human.
Judith
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Clare's previous book, The Naked Swiss, which set out to clarify many myths about the Swiss, so I was more than happy to read and review her new book The Naked Irish, which follows the same format about the Irish people.

Each chapter gives an informative background to the Irish cliche in the spotlight, providing interesting facts (who knew that there are now more Irish pubs outside Ireland than in Ireland?) and a potted history on topics such as religion; emigrants; the economy a
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Sarahmf
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Writer Clare O'Dea brings her sharp eye, her assiduous research and her storytelling skill to this excellent, interesting, engaging and well-written book on what it means to be Irish. Bravely and with a clarity of thought, she tackles some of the long-standing myths about the Irish. If you're Irish, this is a book that will prompt you to re-examine and explore some of the assumptions that the world has made about you. If you're not, it will make you curious and informed about this diverse island ...more
Ruth O'Dea
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is refreshing as it unpacks all the cliches about Ireland, interrogates them and gives the reader a new perspective about Ireland today. The book tackles some serious issues, that are often brushed over by society, and leaves the reader contemplating how we can do better. This is evident in the last chapter about the Irish are Friendly where the writer takes on the ugly reality of racism in Ireland today and challenges us to look at ourselves in a clearer light.
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Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Clare's career as a journalist spans two decades and three countries. Most recently, she worked at the international news service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation in Bern, where she covered Swiss politics, culture and business news for nine years.
A former Irish Times journalist, Clare had a varied career in Dublin working in radio, television, print and theat
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