The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.
On the other hand, at some level the mass of unresolved issues in Northern Ireland does influence the fact that there are so many good writers in the place.
We are bound to lose Ireland in consequence of years of cruelty, stupidity and misgovernment and I would rather lose her as a friend than as a foe.
I was born in Northern Ireland in 1951. I lived most of my life there until 1986 or 1987.