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The Irish For: Is this generation Ireland progressives because we didn't have baby boomers?

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02.06.2019

This is the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every Sunday morning, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.

THE IRISH WORD glúin can mean a knee or a generation.

There are two men who have been in the news a lot lately who appear to have nothing in common – but they do and it is rather surprising.

Yes indeed, John Wick 3 star Keanu Reeves (Keanu meaning ‘cool breeze over the mountains’) and the snake oil salesman Nigel Farage (farraige meaning ‘the sea’ – a body of water that he should get back in) are the same age, both born in 1964.

It’s hard enough to accept that they are the same species.

However, 1964 is an unusual year birth-wise in that it is frequently identified as the cusp between the last Baby Boomers and the........

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