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 Ulster Unionist Party politician in the north-east of Ireland, who dismissed Mandela as a ‘black Provo‘ (in other words a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army or… Read More Black Provos – The ANC And The IRA
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 described the Welsh language as a ‘monkey language’ and claimed that Welsh speakers were turning Wales into a ‘foreign country’. The controversy that blew up… Read More The Independent Newspaper – Defending The Indefensible
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 been considerable controversy over the British-owned television channel’s ambiguous responses on whether or not it would continue to broadcast the games in Irish, following on… Read More Sitting At The Back Of The Bus – But Not For Much Longer…
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 after many decades of indifference or hostility within the general populace: ‘The news that Gaelic enjoys considerable public support will enrage some detractors whose hostility has polarised discussion… Read More Scottish – A Modern Language For A Modern Nation
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 Online: ‘A WELSH language campaigner has been sent to jail for refusing to comply with his sentence for breaking into an MP’s office to protest… Read More Jamie Bevan, Welsh Rights Activist, Jailed By British Authorities
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 lives we are frequently forced to use the often bizarre Anglicised versions of those native names to suit the prejudices of some vociferous bigots in the Anglophone… Read More Welcome To An Irish Ireland?
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 started classes in Scottish Gaelic. The Ormeau Road venue An Droichead, which is Irish for The Bridge, has formed links between nationalists, unionists and diverse… Read More The Irish And Scottish Languages – A Union Of Hearts And Minds
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 / Group B Democratic Left in the 1990s is one of the great putsches of Irish political history. The sequence of events are clear enough. By the mid-to-late 1960s the higher echelons of… Read More The Labour Party And The Official IRA – They Haven’t Gone Away, You Know
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 the moment, so maybe not. It could be that they’re thinking of moving into the finance business and are using more, um, direct methods to take out… Read More Banking With Menaces
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. With the SNP promoting Scottish as Scotland’s national language after decades of the party paying little heed to it (a sea-change in no small part down to the strategic vision of Alex Salmond and his… Read More Alba – The Early Days Of A Better Nation
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 the Breton people in the struggle to assert their national identity and culture in the face of a hostile French state means relatively little news of a Celtic Nationalist… Read More At Home Amongst The Bretons
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 trouble is still simmering away over yonder. The Lalland Peat Worrier, blogger par excellence, examines the latest rumblings in his inimical style: ‘Most of you won’t… Read More The SNP – The Trouble With Christians
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 the hands of Alex Salmond’s SNP in the Scottish elections) with Iain Gray announcing his decision to stand down in the autumn. His on-the-stump performances… Read More The Labour Party In Scotland – Fianna Fáil With An Accent?
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 hÉireann. According to the Irish Examiner: ‘Retired GAA broadcaster Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh has said the President of Ireland should have a strong appreciation for the Irish… Read More The Ó Muircheartaigh For President?
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 to download for free from the League’s website. This new initiative is to mark the 50th anniversary of the Celtic League’s foundation in 1961 as an… Read More Celtic Nationalism: Six Nations, One Soul
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 supporting the well-known historian, an equally controversial, and arguably more unambiguously racist, article has appeared in the Daily Mail newspaper. In reviewing a newly published book by the… Read More Forget David Starkey – Lets Talk About The Daily Mail And ‘Monkey Language’
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 at which the country will almost certainly vote for a more important change to the way we are governed than anything we have seen in… Read More Scotland: Distinct, Separate And Different
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 Sinn Féin’s renewed push to end partition. From the Belfast Telegraph: ‘Many people in Ireland are opposed to Britain, the European Union (EU) or the International Monetary… Read More Sinn Féin’s Dual Strategy To A Reunited Ireland?
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 Dan Browne’s fantasy novel the The Da Vinci code. However this fascinating organisation were very much part of European society in the 12th and 13th… Read More The rise and fall of the Knights Templar in Ireland. (via Irish History Podcast)
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 recent civil unrest in the latter nation. ‘The attacks from Labour, Tory and Lib Dem politicians in Scotland follow comments from Mr Salmond who had… Read More British Nationalists Launch Attacks On Alex Salmond
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 colonial ruling classes on the island of Ireland. From UTV: ‘Masked youths attacked police landrovers [armoured vehicles], throwing petrol bombs and a number of cars have also been… Read More …Back Home In Derry
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 are not the virtues one associates with Irish culture in the Celtic Tiger years. But one of the finest pieces of contemporary Irish design is… Read More In Praise Of The Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin