An Traoi – Troy

If you, like me, are fascinated (obsessed?) with the ancient Greek story of many-towered Ilium represented by the epic poems of the Iliad and the Odyssey, then you’ll undoubtedly be interested in the whole history of Bronze Age Greece. The website Greek Age of Bronze provides an excellent overview of, as it states, ‘Weapons and warfare in the late… Read More An Traoi – Troy

The Celtic Origin Revised: the Atlantic View and the Nordwestblock Blues (via Rokus Blog)

An excellent overview of the new (and increasingly popular) ‘Celtic From The West Theory’, albeit with the focus mainly on the Low Countries. In short, the new paradigm argues that the origins of the Celtic peoples is to be found in Western Europe, along the coastal regions of the Atlantic seaboard (Spain, Portugal, Western France,… Read More The Celtic Origin Revised: the Atlantic View and the Nordwestblock Blues (via Rokus Blog)

Irish Ireland Meets English Ireland – In The Eurospar

As those of you who know me are aware I’m what one might call a militant Gael. I see myself as part of a community of Irish-speakers, diverse in origins, who have lived on this island (and in these islands) for the last four millennia and more. Contrary to popular myth current academic opinion holds that the… Read More Irish Ireland Meets English Ireland – In The Eurospar

If Irish Is Good Enough For Presidents And Queens?

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced nearly €800,000 in radio funding grants: €702,900 to English language programming, €16,000 to Irish language programming (€77,500 to bilingual). Apparently foreign presidents and foreign monarchs speaking our native language hasn’t had much influence on the concept of the parity of esteem between our English and Irish speaking communities as far as the… Read More If Irish Is Good Enough For Presidents And Queens?

Slice Of Sci-Fi

This weekend the Books section of the British Guardian newspaper is devoted to all things Science-Fiction, so pop over for a look. An introduction by Iain M. Banks, reviews of the works of Gene Wolfe, China Miéville, some author favourites and much more. Follow the link to: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/science-fiction

Back To The Future? Armed British Police On The Streets Of Dublin?

News today that 120 heavily armed British police officers from London’s Metropolitan Police force will be patrolling the streets of Dublin during the visit by the British head of state alongside (mainly unarmed) members of An Garda Síochana. So, not only has the upcoming visit by the British queen introduced a city under siege, with Dublin locked down by a security cordon, road… Read More Back To The Future? Armed British Police On The Streets Of Dublin?

British Terrorists To Visit Dublin – This Time Minus The Bombs And Guns!

Unbelievable news today from journalist Eamonn Mallie: ‘The UDA’s five brigadiers and 4/5 representatives of their respective districts have been extended invitations to a wreath laying ceremony by Queen Elizabeth at Islandbridge in honour of the war dead. President Mary McAleese’s husband Martin has been involved with UDA leaders in community work for several years. South Belfast… Read More British Terrorists To Visit Dublin – This Time Minus The Bombs And Guns!