American David Remnick recognised this, especially in the field of poetry. The editor of the New Yorker wrote in 1994:
"The poets of Northern Ireland… there have been a remarkable number of them for a country of a million and a half."Northern Ireland poet Nick Laird echoed this:
"There’s one and half million people in Northern Ireland so it is obviously over-represented as far as world-class writers go. And that is not a coincidence. Where there is a tradition in a culture of respect and application to an art form, then that art form tends to get good. Of course you want to be a part of it."And fellow poet, contemporary of Michael Longley, Frank Ormsby repeated this observation:
"It is a source of great pride to me that such large numbers of poets, both male and female, continue to emerge here [Northern Ireland]."