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the sow that eats her farrow

Ireland. A reference to James Joyce's description in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man of the country oppressing or exploiting its citizens. If the people do not vote to pass this referendum, we will know that the country remains the sow that eats her farrow.
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the sow that eats its farrow

Ireland. The phrase comes from James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: “Do you know what Ireland is? asked Stephen with cold violence. Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow.” A “farrow” is a litter of newborn piglets, and the reference is Joyce's belief that Ireland had a history of destroying its writers, admirable political figures, and indeed everything that should be saved and nurtured.
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Shaw, of Cotswold Avenue, Pallister Park, and Farrow, of Langridge Crescent, Berwick Hills, admitted conspiracy to commit fraud.
Farrow must also sign the sex offenders register for seven years.
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Farrow said she was completely surprised and shocked, and redirected praise to volunteers both living and deceased.
In Bangui, Farrow spoke to a health worker who, for security reasons, was no longer able to get to her job at the main hospital and was instead volunteering to treat women and children in a health centre in her community.
Farrow also chairs the trade association's Construction and Design Council as well as being a sought-after speaker at education sessions at ARDA World (the trade show and convention) as well as regional ARDA events.
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Ever since she discovered in 1992 that Allen was having an affair with Soon-Yi Previn, then 18 or 20 years old (she doesn't have a birth certificate), Farrow has led a scorched-earth campaign of revenge against him.
The bitter custody fight between Farrow and Allen saw her eventually win through the granting of exclusive custody rights.
The back-and-forth between Allen and his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, breathed new fire into a long dormant scandal, but what happens next is uncertain, with the possibility of legal recourse and continued scrutiny in the weeks and months ahead.
Allen, 78, said she was being used as a pawn by Farrow, who had first accused him of the abuse following the collapse of their 12-year relationship in 1992.
In a letter to the New York Times, the filmmaker said Dylan Farrow had been coached to make the claim by his estranged former partner, Mia Farrow.
Director Woody Allen yesterday denied abusing the daughter he adopted with Mia Farrow.
said Paul Farrow, Goldcorp's senior vice-president for people and safety "How can we change our training, our coaching, our leadership development programs to eliminate or, at a minimum, reduce that probability?
Graeme Farrow was responsible for the design and delivery of the artistic celebrations in Derry-Londonderry which won the major accolade for 2013.