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 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 … Continue reading

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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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 / Group B Democratic Left in the 1990s is one of the great putsches of Irish political history. The sequence of events are clear enough. In the late 1960s the higher echelons … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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. 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

…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 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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

The SNP – Distinctly Off-Message For Once

There is a major political row rumbling away in Scotland over the recent actions of the SNP’s John Mason, a member of the Scottish Parliament, who has tabled a motion essentially opposing same-sex marriages. The BBC reports that: ‘A senior figure in the SNP has criticised one of his party colleagues over his stance on same-sex marriages. Nationalist … Continue reading

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru – Oireachtas Náisiúnta na Breataine Bige

The people of Wales have been marking the celebration of their native language and culture in this year’s Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru or the National Eisteddfod of Wales. For the last week festivities focusing on literature, poetry, art and music have been held in Wrecsam (Wrexham) with nearly 150,000 people in attendance. As the BBC reports: ‘Organisers of the National Eisteddfod … Continue reading

The Fall Of Western Civilization – We Blame The Gays!

Is the West’s decline caused by ‘contagion of homosexuality’? So asks the headline in an article written by Benjamin Harnwell, Chairman of the secretive Catholic lay-organisation, the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, which includes two of Ireland’s potential presidential candidates amongst its members or friends of members: Fine Gael’s Gay Mitchell and ‘independent’ Dana Rosemary Scallon. The … Continue reading

The Power Of The Vatican In Áras An Uachtaráin?

The campaign to see Dana Rosemary Scallon added to the list of candidates for the office of Uachtarán na hÉireann seems to be gathering momentum. As the Irish Independent reports: ‘Her brother John Brown said this week that the former MEP had come under great pressure from “various sections of society” to go forward. And in fairness she got … Continue reading

The United Gaels

For those of us who realise that our Irish identity goes beyond the island of Ireland and embraces our fellow Gaels in Scotland, some welcome news from the Scotsman: ‘CIVIL servants swot up on their French or German to help negotiations in Europe, so why not a few well chosen words in Gaelic to assist … Continue reading

British State-Sponsored Terrorism In Ireland

The award-winning investigative website, The Detail, carries a lengthy report on British terrorism in Ireland, focusing on the activities of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR). Established in January 1970 as an infantry unit of the British Army the UDR acted as an armed militia of the British Unionist minority in Ireland until it was partially disbanded in 1992 through an amalgamation with another unit … Continue reading

All Kinds Of Everything In The Race For The Áras

Well, it seems my most recent article on Fine Goirm’s Gael’s presidential hopeful Gay Mitchell has unleashed something of a political storm. Mitchell is now being pressed hard to explain his pleas for clemency on behalf of a Christian fundamentalist convicted of a double-murder in the United States back in 2003, his friendship with homophobic American preacher Alveda King (whom … Continue reading

Gay ‘The Christian’ Mitchell

With the departure of Senator David Norris from the electoral field, it’s time to have another look at Fine Gael’s candidate for the office of Uachtarán na hÉireann, Gay Mitchell MEP. As I outlined earlier Gay Mitchell has some unusual friends. Firstly there is Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, a conservative Christian preacher … Continue reading

Death By A Thousand Cuts

So, as I and many other commentators predicted, the presidential campaign of Senator David Norris has come to something of an ignoble end. From the Irish Times: ‘Mr Norris held a press conference outside his home in Dublin this afternoon to inform supporters he was withdrawing from the race. “I deeply regret the most recent of all the controversies concerning my … Continue reading

The Holocaust. A European Institution?

I’ve never been much of a European. In fact I’m not really sure if Ireland and the Irish qualify for the word. After all what does it mean, this nebulous thing called European? At its most basic it is a geographical term, the long chunk of land sticking out of Eurasia bordered by the waters … Continue reading

The Sea-Sundered Gaels

Scottish nationalist blogs have been a hive of activity in the last week so here is a selection of the best for your consideration. Gerry Hassan has a lengthy article on his blog from the Summer 2011 edition of ‘Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy’, examining the changing face of politics in Scotland. It is … Continue reading

The SDLP. Why?

  Okay. The SDLP is in the crapper, Margaret Ritchie’s leadership has made things worse, and they badly need something or someone to pull them out of it before they get flushed away, right down the sewer pipe of history. The answer? Yet another leadership election!  RTÉ reports:  ‘SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie is to be … Continue reading

Gay Mitchell: Right-Wing, Conservative, Christian… And President Of Ireland?

[For an updated and much expanded overview of Gay Mitchell's conservative Christian links click here, including his association with the influential Roman Catholic political organisation the Dignitatis Humanae Institute] In the interest of balance, since we have had a lot of focus on poor David Norris, lets look at his main rival, Fine Gael’s Gay Mitchell (don’t get worried, … Continue reading

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