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Here Be Dragons, Book Images Of The Internet Archive On Flickr

Susceptible as I am to the marriage of history with technology, being the original antiquarian-technophile, my love affair with the Internet Archive (a digital library offering free access to a legion of books, … Continue reading

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Fathers And Mothers Matter, Respect And Understanding Not So Much

We are in the last week of the referendum campaign debating the addition of a new sub-section to Bunreacht na hÉireann defining marriage as a gender-neutral institution. In other words, … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Weapons Of The Irish Revolution

I thought these military-related articles would interest quite a few ASF readers (those of you who haven’t discovered the pieces for yourself, of course). First up is the always excellent … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

No, Ireland Did Not Inspire Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings

I love Ireland. I love the Lord of the Rings and most of the other associated works in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth canon. However just because I admire both it does not … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 4 Comments

Bronze Age Desert Cults Dislike The 21st Century

Well here’s two doubly depressing reports relating to the upcoming constitutional referendum which – if successful – will see a clause added to Bunreacht na hÉireann permitting marriage between two … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Did You Hear The One About The Irish Name Spelled With Chinese Letters?

If you and your family are native Irish-speakers and you live in an Irish-speaking region, it seems not unreasonable to expect that your children will be educated by an Irish-speaking teacher when they attend … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 12 Comments

The Super Scary, Quite Contrary Equal-Marriage Referendum In Ireland

Buzzfeed, the popular American click-bait site which has recently acquired a serious case of the journalistic respectables, has a fairly lengthy article on the upcoming referendum in Ireland which proposes adding a clause to … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Pat Finucane, The Assassination Of An Irish Lawyer By British Terrorists

More on the slow unravelling of the secrecy and deception which obscured most aspects of Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland from the late 1960s to early 2000s. The family of Pat Finucane, the Irish … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Irish Language Is The Most Dangerous Language Of All The World’s Most Dangerous Languages

It’s not discriminatory – its health and safety! That seems to be the disapproving line taken in this article from on the long-delayed decision by a state agency to erect … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 9 Comments

The Middle East’s Proxy Wars

Two Middle Eastern nation states torn apart by internecine wars, two whirlpools of conflict which suck in others willingly or unwillingly. First up is Syria and the significance of foreign fighters in the battle to control … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Palestine’s Right To Defend Itself

The oft-stated right of the Israelis to “defend themselves” against their enemies, both near and far, is a claim encountered with great regularity in the public discourse of the United … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 9 Comments

The Peculiar Nature Of British Democarcy

Following up on the unexpected results of the UK general election Adrian Kavanagh has examined the barely democratic nature of Britain’s first-past-the-post electoral system and the stark anomalies it throws up. The details … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nicola Sturgeon And The SNP Stun Everyone

Some absolutely astonishing results from the UK general election so far, with the stand-out story being the sweeping of the electoral board in Scotland by Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP. The Scottish nationalists … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 21 Comments

The UK General Election 2015

My predictions for the general election in the UK (and the north-eastern bit of Ireland that the British stubbornly cling on to as a last reminder of their glory days, along with a few … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · 4 Comments

No Respect In Bradford For Journalists

Interesting report by Ben Judah for the European edition of the current affairs site Politico on his recent encounter in Britain with George Galloway’s controversial Respect Party and some of … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tabhair Dom Do Lámh

As you may have guessed An Sionnach Fionn fully supports the proposed amendment to the definition of marriage as outlined in Article 41 of Bunreacht na hÉireann. The addition of a new section will … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · 5 Comments

Google Ngram Viewer, Irish Republican Army, Fenian, Fenians

Judging by the positive reactions it seems that many of you have enjoyed my occasional posts highlighting the earliest occurrences of the term “Irish Republican Army” in the vast repositories of digitised and increasingly digital publications known … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · 1 Comment


There is a decidedly weird fetishization of guns and the possession of guns that characterizes some serving and former members of An Garda Síochána, especially those with a decidedly authoritarian bent. They, and some … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Oíche Bhealtaine 2015

  It’s May Eve in north-western Europe and at sunset the ancient festival of Bealtaine, marking the start of the summer in the native calendars of Ireland, Scotland and the … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Right To Hate The Second-Class Irish

  Another year, another dire record of public services to Irish-speaking citizens and communities by the supposedly bilingual Irish state (note the word “Irish” in that description. Ah, the irony…). … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · 13 Comments

Polls Predict 2015 SNP Landslide In Scotland

I must admit that I remain quite sceptical about the anti-SNP hysteria convulsing significant chunks of the UK press as they continue to promulgate claims that Nicola Sturgeon’s party will soon crush all before it as … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · 15 Comments

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