Well yes and no, Stacky....Ireland long ago stopped pretending to be Irish or different, by and large they remain an English colony, including English common or Roman Law, the Scots, though not remarkably different have their own version of pretty much the same. Unlike say, Napoleonic.
What continues to inhibit S.F. Is the dogmatic adherence to the IRA, it's almost fictional and a strand of unfulfilled anger at fuck knows what. The idea of dressing up in daft costumes and dark glasses appeals to some who see them selves as “Freedom Fighters”...quite what they want to free us/them is far from clear. All Ireland ?...not in my lifetime me thinks.
Perhaps, it part of the make-up of youth, rebellion and all that. But...when seeing a parade of fat bastards in middle age, dressed up was wannabe warriors dunno whether to laugh or cry.
As a young fella, read Gen Tom Barry's 'Guerilla Days in Ireland', it soothed and calmed any desire to attack anything with death, rational and pointed, no glamour just sheer pragmatism, Independence was not won by the masses but by a few good men and women as is often the case, he settled down to a 'normal' life and failed to get elected in some capacities thus underling the fickle nature of ourselves.
Till S.F, divest itself of it's Looney membership(s) it will remain and Irish enigma. Have they the courage to do that?