Interview: Dr Eoin Magennis, IntertradeIreland

It’s been a while since we posted an inteview on Pue’s, so to make up for lost time, here are two of the best we’ve been saving for you.

Interview date: 14 January 2010

What book(s) do you wish you had written?
In the history field, EP Thompson’s Making of the English Working Class was the history book that first got me interested. But for fun I’d love to have been sitting down to write Gore Vidal’s The Golden Age.

What would you do if you were not working for a cross-border body?
In many ways I’m lucky to be paid for doing what I enjoy – research for InterTradeIreland (usually) gets someone to look at a policy/barrier to cross-border cooperation and (even sometimes) gets them to remove it! Still, if I wasn’t doing this it would have to be the gardening!

When was the last time you looked at Wikipedia?
A few months ago to check a question about econometric equations – you don’t want to know.

What event had the greatest impact on history in Ireland?
Hard question. Recently, joining the EEC. But going back, the Reformation(s).

What are you reading now?
Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail (2009), a big, enthralling book on the second Wall Street crash and, a great recommendation from the family, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. From reading the second book, you’d love to see what Thomas Cromwell would have made of the ‘credit crisis’ and its progenitors.


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