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Diarmuid Gavin

Diarmuid Gavin

Diarmuid Gavin

I grew up in suburban Dublin in the 1970s and '80s, in a place where most people had gardens that were generally obscured by net curtains or Venetian blinds.

The garden was separate from the house, a place of grass and washing lines, sheds for equipment and vegetable patches. The lawn was, in effect, a wall-to-wall carpet.

Save for the odd summer picnic, nobody ate or drank outside, never mind entertained. Nobody of the hoi polloi, anyway.