Come Back to Erin
Topographically, Ireland was conjured up in the American imagination
by rural landscapes of green enclosed fields, ruined castles, round
towers, and scenic mountain or coastal vistas. Tourism thrived on
the promotion of these natural and historical assets, translating
Ireland into exactly the kind of country visitors expected to find.
Certain pristine landmarks like the Lakes of Killarney, Ross and
Blarney Castles, Ben Bulben in Yeats Country - along with the jaunting
car - expanded the range of mental pictures associated with "Irish."
Sentimentality was lucrative but it was often at odds with Ireland's
simultaneous need to been seen as a modernizing European nation.
Dublin did its best to dislodge notions of a pastoral country frozen