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Justine Lacroix and Kalypso Nicolaïdis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199594627

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594627.001.0001

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European Stories as National Narratives

European Stories as National Narratives

Irish Intellectuals on Europe

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European Stories

Katy Hayward

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Katy Hayward argues that the dominant theme of “European stories” recounted in Ireland is always nationalism — official, moderate and progressive, but nationalism nevertheless. The Irish No‐votes of the first Treaty of Nice referenda in 2001 and the Treaty of Lisbon in 2008 may thus be seen not merely as consequences of the “Celtic Tiger” boom but also as signifiers of the need for a new conceptualisation of the relationship between “nation” and “Europe”. In the past, Hayward argues, this has been heavily premised on romantic nationalist notions of Celtic heritage and Ireland's “ancient connections” with Europe, as the country has strived to shake off its troubled colonial history. There is now an urgent need for a fresh vision of Ireland's place in the future European Union, requiring a depth and a boldness that can only be realised by a new wave of intellectual engagement in this debate.

Keywords:   nationalism, Celtic heritage, colonial history, Irish No‐vote, Celtic Tiger

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