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O'Connell Street, Dublin's main (and "most dangerous") street, was the scene for a vicious attack on St Patrick's night. A 17-year old English lad was confronted by a group of youths at 8pm who asked him where he was from and then attacked him when they didn't like the answer. The attack saw the victim, a pianist, lose a finger which police were unable to recover .
After almost 90 years of independence most folk in the Republic seem to have dropped the old grudges. Some, it seems, still can't get over the xenophobic hatred. So just what is it that fosters this naked hatred in a country that is developed, prosperous, and supposedly self-confident?
Is the desire to "reclaim" that fourth green field so strong that it warrants an attack on a kid enjoying St Patrick's day, just because he's a Brit? Is the irony that lost on these morons?