Paradoxically, when I arrived home in Canada for the winter holidays, I began to miss Ireland again. Seeing family and friends is always great, but the possibilities of holidays spent across the English Channel and exploring the rest of Europe for cheap prices is a reality that’s hard to pass up.
The Canada Council for the Arts was established in 1957 and its mandate has remained relatively stable—to support the creation of new art in Canada by Canadians, and to help get an audience to that art.
The opera also pecks away at the social hierarchy of the time period, with the servants getting the upper hand over the count.
Classic Gaeltachts serve as a place for Irish populations to reconnect with a heritage and culture left in tatters after centuries of English subjugation.