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, the purpose of which is to mark a, ‘year-long celebration of Irish arts in the United States in 2011’. The project has actually been running … 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 of 1812 between the United States and Britain, is featuring now on the Wild Geese website. Apologies for the photo!
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 … 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 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, … 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 bother with Scotland’s media – it’s as North British as Ireland’s is West British). My favourites are the excellent Gerry Hassan (read it!), Pat Kane (yes, he … 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, 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 … 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 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 … 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 having all but apologised for Britain’s unwelcome presence in Ireland over the last several centuries, it is sobering to see how Irish and British perceptions … 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 honour the memory of all those who fought and died in the cause of Irish Freedom. From the Native Irish lords and kings who formed … 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 partition?’
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
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 … 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 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 … Continue reading
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