Imagined Belonging and the Irish Diaspora

  • Sean O’ Dubhghaill


This chapter is an attempt to review and assess all of the issues examined previously throughout this work, such as community, identity, proximity, history, Irishness and otherness, and how we imagine belonging. To that end, the concept of imaginaries is employed in order to provide a frame to guide how perceptions of Irishness are reimagined and staged for (global) consumption and what the performance of this identity communicates. This chapter also aims to put paid to the examination provided at the very outset of this work, namely to attempt to better understand how members of the Irish diaspora relate to their homeland, and what exactly distinguishes a diaspora from an Irish community abroad. This chapter attempts to take a further flung view of the mechanics of the diaspora. By way of conclusion, we return to the most commonly imagined expression of Irishness in Belgium in recent years, McDonagh’s In Bruges (2008) and others, and to the issue of what it tells us about how both Belgium is imagined and how Irishness encounters that imaginary.


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  • Sean O’ Dubhghaill
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  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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