When we speak of the recession today it would be wrong to think that everyone was a victim. In fact, the majority of people kept their feet on the ground and were not swept away by the Celtic Tiger madness. These are the people who are now charged with bringing about economic recovery. However, the fact still remains that many Irish citizens are in dire financial straits with a mountain of debt along with all the problems that are associated with it. This story encapsulates the Celtic Tiger madness at its best and the horrific results, but how a positive mindset coupled with a strong work ethic can pave the way to a brighter future in the years ahead.