I met an Irishman who told me that, when he was growing up in Galway in the 1950's, his familiy used to watch the "Lucy" show from America. Lucy always had a refrigerator full of food. He used to argue with his brothers about whether or not this was accurate -- families in American couldn't really have that much food, could they?
There's a whole generation in Ireland that grew up with half-empty refrigerators. Their kids, in contrast, know only a world where the Irish economy is red-hot, and jetting off to Australia for 10 days is no big deal.
-- Robert Sullivan