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Monthly Archives: August, 2011

Black Provos – The ANC And The IRA

One of the more famous descriptions to have emerged in the last thirty years for the former ANC leader and South African president Nelson Mandela came from Frank Miller, a senior … Continue reading

August 29, 2011 · 7 Comments

The Independent Newspaper – Defending The Indefensible

Two weeks ago I was amongst the first online bloggers and commentators to highlight a book review by the British journalist Roger Lewis in the right wing Daily Mail newspaper where he … Continue reading

August 28, 2011 · 2 Comments

Sitting At The Back Of The Bus – But Not For Much Longer…

The Irish language on TV3? Well not quiet. Ever since TV3 snatched away the exclusive broadcast rights to the GAA’s All-Ireland Minor Championship finals in hurling and football there has … Continue reading

August 27, 2011

Scottish – A Modern Language For A Modern Nation

In the Scotsman newspaper John Campbell challenges the Scottish Government to build on the high level of acceptance and support for the native Scottish language displayed in a recent public survey … Continue reading

August 25, 2011

Jamie Bevan, Welsh Rights Activist, Jailed By British Authorities

News from Wales that Jamie Bevan, a Welsh rights activist with Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (the Welsh Language Society), is to be imprisoned by the British authorities for seven days. According to Wales … Continue reading

August 24, 2011

Welcome To An Irish Ireland?

In Ireland we have the insane situation where a nation with its own native language has named the features of its landscape in that native language yet in our daily … Continue reading

August 23, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Irish And Scottish Languages – A Union Of Hearts And Minds

For all you fellow Gaelic Republicans out there, some more good news, this time via the Belfast Telegraph: ‘A cultural centre renowned for promoting the Irish language in Belfast has … Continue reading

August 23, 2011

The Labour Party And The Official IRA – They Haven’t Gone Away, You Know

The hijacking of the leadership of the Irish Labour Party by Official Sinn Féin / Official IRA Sinn Féin the Workers Party / Official IRA the Workers Party / Official IRA / … Continue reading

August 23, 2011 · 8 Comments

Banking With Menaces

I really don’t know what Resistance Republicans have against Spanish banks in Ireland. Maybe its some feeling of solidarity with the people of the Spanish-ruled Basque Country? But the Basques are politically on the up-and-up at … Continue reading

August 22, 2011

Alba – The Early Days Of A Better Nation

I have written many times before about the exceptional resurgence in Scotland of the Scottish language, especially amongst young Scots and urban dwellers, from a period when indifference or hostility towards the language was general throughout the population. … Continue reading

August 18, 2011 · 2 Comments

At Home Amongst The Bretons

So far I’ve carried little news on our Celtic cousins in Breizh (Brittany) and I’ve been taken to task for it by a number of you. The difficulties faced by … Continue reading

August 18, 2011 · 1 Comment

The SNP – The Trouble With Christians

I recently examined the tabling of a motion in the Scottish parliament by the SNP’s John Mason essentially opposing legislation for same-sex marriages in Scotland. It stirred up quiet a hornets’ nest and the … Continue reading

August 17, 2011 · 2 Comments

The Labour Party In Scotland – Fianna Fáil With An Accent?

Some very odd stuff is coming out of the British Labour Party these days. Firstly there was the dramatic implosion of the party leadership in Scotland (following Labour’s drubbing at … Continue reading

August 17, 2011 · 6 Comments

The Ó Muircheartaigh For President?

Well the speculation is continuing to gather as to whether or not the much-loved TV sports broadcaster and Irish rights activist Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh will run for the office of Uachtarán na … Continue reading

August 17, 2011

Celtic Nationalism: Six Nations, One Soul

Some good news for all Celtic Nationalists. Carn, the regular news, current affairs and culture magazine of the Celtic League is now online, with all editions of the publication from 1973 to 2010 available … Continue reading

August 16, 2011

Forget David Starkey – Lets Talk About The Daily Mail And ‘Monkey Language’

As Britain England deals with the outcry over professor David Starkey’s controversial comments on the days of civil unrest that recently blighted several English cities, with some condemning and some … Continue reading

August 15, 2011 · 4 Comments

Scotland: Distinct, Separate And Different

Former SNP member and columnist Duncan Hamilton has an interesting article in the Scotsman on the coming referendum on Scottish independence. Or perhaps we should say referendums? ‘Scotland is heading towards a referendum … Continue reading

August 15, 2011

Sinn Féin’s Dual Strategy To A Reunited Ireland?

Two Sinn Féin leaders, two stories. On one side is Gerry Adams T.D., president of the party, member of Dáil Éireann, and the leading advocate for a reunited Ireland in … Continue reading

August 14, 2011 · 2 Comments

The rise and fall of the Knights Templar in Ireland. (via Irish History Podcast)

The great and informative Irish History Podcast carries a piece on the Knights Templar in Ireland… When we think of the Knights Templar, we picture the Middle Eastern Crusades or … Continue reading

August 13, 2011

British Nationalists Launch Attacks On Alex Salmond

Newsnet Scotland carries a report on the fierce attacks launched by English Nationalists British Unionists against the Scottish premier and SNP leader, Alex Salmond, who understandably protested at Scotland being lumped in with England during the … Continue reading

August 13, 2011

…Back Home In Derry

Well another Apprentice Boys’ march through the city of Doire (Derry) and another day of street protests as the British separatist minority in Ireland celebrate their former status as the … Continue reading

August 13, 2011

In Praise Of The Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin

Journalist Fionntán Ó Tuathail Fintan O’Toole writes a lengthy piece celebrating the award-winning architecture of the Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Doire (Derry), the heart of the city’s Irish language community. ‘MODESTY AND restraint … Continue reading

August 13, 2011

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