Incorrigibly plural: A Dubliner's Diaspora
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I grew up in Dublin in the 1960s, the second of six children. I didn’t realise it at the time, but my parents were the first generation to come of age in modern post-colonial Ireland. My father was born in 1923, a year after the Dáil (Irish parliament) accepted by 64 votes to 57 the Treaty with England that set up the 26 counties of the Free State, triggering civil war. That war ended three months before my father’s birth, and that same year, the Free State granted the vote to all adult women—five years earlier than Britain and Northern Ireland would.