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Jake O'Kane: My trip to Killarney made me realise I was a stranger in my own country

As we languish with an Assembly exhibiting the forward momentum of a children's carousel, the south has blossomed into a modern European nation - confident, secure and devoid of antiquated socio-economic trappings

Northerners once joked about knowing that we had crossed the border due to the south's poor roads, but the joke is now on us - routes such as the M1 and Westlink are frequently clogged and frustratingly slow. Picture by Alan Lewis, Photopress
Jake O'Kane
I drove the length of Ireland last weekend. Well, if I'm being honest, it was my friend Damian McParland who did the actual driving, but I did fulfil an important function as co-driver, giving a runni[...]

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