Fintan O’Toole: The British and Irish are no big deal to each other, which itself is a very big deal

The Irish culture of my childhood defined Ireland as whatever England was not

London children:  we played the same games and watched the same TV programmes and listened to the same pop songs

London children: we played the same games and watched the same TV programmes and listened to the same pop songs

London that summer had a sort of heat I’d never experienced in Ireland, the dense, closed-in kind you get only in very big cities. It was 1969, I was 11 years old and this was my first day in England.

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