The Americanisation of Ireland: Our relationship with America was not all one way
Book review: David Fitzpatrick combines rigorous analysis with human experiences
President John F Kennedy’s visit to Galway. Fitzpatrick demonstrates that “the course of modern Irish history is inexplicable without confronting Americanisation”. Photograph: Corbis/Getty Images
Across the world today millions of people – the estimates vary widely – who are the descendants of those who left the country constitute the global Irish, people who through ethnic or cultural ties proudly describe themselves as Irish.