Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD and Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD , are joined by dancers Shauna McCarthy (left) from Ballyfermot, and Lori Hall, Shankill, at the opening of Tourism 2020 at Killiney, Co Dubin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

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Give it a lash: marketing Irish culture becomes tricky only when it becomes a pastiche. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

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