The last week has seen a round of PR hullabaloo and government press spinning to publicise Imagine Ireland, a government-backed initiate from those happy folks at state quango Culture Ireland, … Continue reading
An edited version of my review of historian Alan Taylor’s ‘The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies’, an excellent account of the War … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Being something of a Pan-Celtic Nationalist (and Pan-Gaelic in particular) I like to keep a close eye on my fellow sea-divided Gaels. So I regularly peruse the main Scottish blogsites (I rarely … Continue reading
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, … Continue reading
Interview with Irish writer Maura McHugh, author of the Róisín Dubh comic, over at Bad Reputation…
Jane Fonda stripping in Zero-G? Reviewing ‘Barbarella’ on Prog464.com!
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 … Continue reading
As a sizeable part of the Irish people continues to mull over the recent speech by the British head of state in Dublin Castle, where she is widely regarded as … Continue reading
The British head of state gives the Irish people an apology for Britain’s actions in Ireland. Well, sort of… More here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/18/queen-ireland-apology-britains-actions
Whatever else may happen, surely the main image to emerge from the controversy of the last few days is that of the British Head of State laying a wreath and bowing her head to … Continue reading
Has the Irish Government made it a Public Order Offence under Section 21 to carry or publicly display the National Flag for the duration of the visit of the British head of state? Watch this video.
It had to happen eventually, a chairde. More here: http://www.dup.ie/ Just don’t ask about Question (6)! ‘6) Did’nt the British cause our problems in the first place by conquering Ireland and eventual … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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. … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Is mise an Sionnach Fionn!