WILDE, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett are among the artists synonymous with what it is to be Irish. But who are the Irish artists operating today that might one day be held in such esteem? Using a number synonymous with Ireland, Irish Post writers choose 17 artists that make them particularly proud to be Irish…
Singer and activist
Few major artists are as loathed among Irish people as Bono – and for no particularly good reason either. There’s no tabloid scandal; no immoral act to hang him on and yet the man christened Paul Hewson is roundly shouted down in pub corners as a good old-fashioned ‘gobshite’. It never fails to strike as ridiculous comment because here is a man who serves as a fine ambassador for Ireland. Rock stars are notoriously self-centred, yet Bono utilises his fame to help the most needy in the world and raise awareness of their plight. He doesn’t have to do it. Were he to kick back in Killiney and stick to the day-job with U2, no one would bat an eyelid but yet – for no gain – he puts in the hours to meet with the world leaders and keep Africa, Africa, Africa on the world agenda. His selfless, humanitarian work is to be applauded and it makes me proud that Bono is Irish.