"It’s official, we’re allowed to like the British now” said Olivia O'Leary in the Royal Albert Hall.
"I loved my time in England" said a man In a pub in Lahinch on Easter Sunday morning.
It's as if there's a new Easter rising. Such a change in the public mood - you won't hear many voices criticising English people.
"Perfidious Albion" is gone. Replaced by chat about how how fortunate we are to have the UK for a neighbour.
There's been a tipping point.
A big social change to "friendship" that will make people wonder why there was ever "animosity".
So many Irish people have had a great time in the UK.
The man I met in Flanagan's Bar in County Clare laid cables from Southampton to Nottingham. We both spent years in UK - we both loved our time there.
We were able to compare & contrast what it's like to do business in UK & Ireland.
The differences are significant & well worth knowing about - if you want to do business from one culture to the other.
It's a particularly good time to develop business relations - to take advantage of the neighbourhood that's 5m people in Ireland & 63m in UK.
Irish people who've lived, worked & done business in UK have a big advantage over Irish people who've never left Cork, for example.
Irish people who've emigrated to UK & come back years later bring a wealth of experience. They know how big & diverse the UK is. They've seen different ways of doing business. They have a competitive advantage for the future.
And the future is friendly
- there's a lot to learn from how business is done in England, Scotland & Wales.
It's not just that the size of the market is 10 times bigger.
It's business culture & processes.
This is relevant if your ambition is grow a business in scale - to compete internationally.
The words of Olivia O'Leary have expressed a fresh chapter - suggested a change that's already taken place.
It's more obvious now - emigrants from Ireland learned valuable skills & mindset.
Returned emigrants have been change agents.
The recent journey of the Irish President has brought a lot of fresh conversation - and a new mood.
This 2014 Easter may be more significant than 2016.