moonlighting at ESCInsight: When Strangers are Coming

Still write the odd piece for ESCInsight (a grand group of people). My latest was an analysis of how widespread resonance for the message of 1944 might be across the Eurovision televoting public.

As a child of the Irish diaspora, it certainly does. We grew listening to traditional music and a fair bit of nationalist folk music, songs like Men Behind the Wire and Four Green Fields, and of course The Town I Loved So Well.

My grandparents left the Irish Free State in the early 1930s, almost 80 years ago. Yet I still so deeply understand a song about exile, injustice and resilience.