| 9°C Belfast

Close

Premium


Mary Kenny

Ireland's changed a lot in the last 90 years. Or has it?

Mary Kenny



Close

Days gone by: A picture postcard view of Ireland

Days gone by: A picture postcard view of Ireland

Days gone by: A picture postcard view of Ireland

If Christmas is a time for nostalgic remembrance, let's look back a little further than this frustrating year of 2020. Let's pivot back 90 years, when the most influential travel writer of the 20th century, HV Morton, produced a book called In Search of Ireland, first published in 1930.

It was hugely successful and was reprinted at least seven times. After the conflicts of the 1920s, when British-Irish relations were, to say the least, grouchy, this Englishman's take on Ireland brought a new and more benign view of the Irish Free State.

Henry Canova Vollam Morton was so enchanted with the country that he wanted to encourage English people to spend their holidays in Ireland "and make friends with its irresistible inhabitants". This would be "a fitting end to centuries of political misunderstanding".


Privacy