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Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

County Manchester

Most people in Ireland identify with their county of origin, first of all, and then with the country itself. Or put another way, when Irish people are questioned by their compatriots as to their origins they will invariably say - I am a Galway man, or a Mayo women, a Kerry man and so on. Further enquiries then elicit more information about their place of birth in the relevant county.
This fierce regionalism is on a par with certain parts of Italy and Spain where certain dialects or cultures set a region apart from its near neighbours. Napoli is a good example in Italy. Napoli is a beautiful and vibrant harbour city which possesses a distinct regional loyalty and culture. Likewise, the province of Andalusia in Spain has always had a somewhat separate identity from the rest of Spain, although this is being literally smothered, year by year, in a vast outpouring of concrete for the benefit of tourists who are usually seeking anything but a separate culture from the one they left at home.
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