Furthermore, the problem with Celtic Tiger is that it is, like its namesake in the wild and in every sense of the word, a living organism and as such it must, of necessity, be prepared and willing to constantly adapt and evolve in order to survive and compete with the many other predators in the global arena that it has so wholeheartedly entered into as a member of the larger European Community.
For many centuries after its natural borders had been violated and its territory ravaged, the Tiger had been kept at bay within the enforced boundaries of colonial domesticity and confinement. Being so close to the colonial oppressor meant that it was always relatively easy to control its naturally restless nature, and to suppress any activity that could offer a shot at freedom; no matter how tenuous. In due course this local form of colonial domination was greatly aggravated by conflict and turbulence resulting from the relentless drive for liberaty amongst other captive communities manipulated into colonial boundaries all over the globe. In this context Ireland had become even more useful to its not-so-distant master as it could serve as an example of compliance or, if rebellious, for demonstrating retaliation; a handy place where overt and covert methods of suppression and aggression could be tried and tested before putting them into practice further afield.
3. Wishful thinking.
Even though Ireland had a stated policy of neutrality, the country was inevitably also affected by wars amongst nations beyond its borders. Powerful neighbours could demand aid and provisions, they could control harbours and communications and they could ration food supplies and other essential products. Active participation by individuals in support of Western Allies during the two World wars was not uncommon, though not generally acceptable amongst traditionally nationalist communities.
4. Long-term Effects of War
After the Great wars many of the involved nations realised that the demographic composition of their populations had been drastically altered and the effects would prove to be permanent. They had lost of millions and millions of young men in the prime of their lives and there was no way of predicting the effects of these losses.
Their younger generations of men had either perished in conflict or had subsequently succumbed to damage sustained on grim battle fields far away from home - all engaged in doing their perceived duty; on the one hand there was the propaganda-induced