The past, we are told, is a foreign country.
Fifty years ago so much was different. The Everly Brothers were top of the charts, Spurs were league champions and a new broadcasting service called Teilifis Eireann was just turning on.
On the other hand, Tipperary held the Liam McCarthy cup and another Irish American was in the Oval Office……!
Tragically however, years of poor public policy left 1960s Ireland isolated, impoverished and ill-prepared for the challenges of a rapidly changing international marketplace.