Forty Shades of Green
From the air, on the descent into Dublin Airport, the Irish landscape shows off a multitude of its numerically suspect yet popularly promoted 40 shades of green. A long sweep of fields suggests ancestral permanence before any urban outskirts come into view.
But once you’re on the ground, along city streets or out in the villages, talk among the Irish today tends to revolve around new realities of unsettling change. The country’s roller-coaster ride over the past two decades has produced, if not 40 competing emotions, at least a baker’s dozen of separate responses.