Dr. Murphy also writes, "Incorrigably plural” in its diverse history, Ireland has never been as isolated as its geographical position may indicate. Dr. Neil Hegarty links the island—from its prehistoric pioneers to its European financial bailout—to the wider world. International connections, from its first settlers to its increasingly multicultural population today, characterize its gene pool, its waves of invaders and immigrants, and its complex mix of political, religious, and social ingredients"
Dr. Murphy also adds, "In a history illustrating the importance of global ties for the Irish, its links to a European economy facing unprecedented challenges by its own unity serve as a cautionary tale: to be careful what a vulnerable, secularizing, and newly affluent nation wishes for"
To read New York Journal of Books reviewer John L. Murphy Ph.D's full review of "The Story of Ireland" by Hegarty Neil visit http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/
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