What was happening in Ireland?
Behind the triumphalist headlines of the boom, there were changes going on - in the way people work, speak, eat, even the way they think - that cannot be quantified by statistics nor squared with the hollow cliché of the Celtic Tiger.
She Moves through the Boom is a book about these intangible changes, and it paints a picture the newspapers and tourism propagandists were missing. Ann Marie Hourihane talks to working mothers, Mullingar wine importers, the organizer of a rural water scheme, shop assistants, a Nigerian preacher, teenaged removal men, and other exemplary - because ordinary - members of Irish society.
These people aren't talking about the boom; they're living it, sometimes without even noticing, and they speak its languages - of social liberation, stubborn tradition, banal consumerism, and others. She Moves through the Boom presents a quirky, kaleidoscopic view of contemporary Ireland.
By turns hilarious and dark, it is a fascinating snapshot of a singular moment in our history.
|Author||Ann Marie Hourihane|
|Publication date||6 Feb 2001|