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Monthly Archives: November, 2011

Vintage American Cars. Good Golly Miss Molly!

Since I’ve gone the personal route today some more revelations. I love cars: fast cars and old cars (unfortunately the two don’t always go together – unless one earns considerably more money than … Continue reading

November 30, 2011

Some Classic Irish Language Book Covers

I love books, especially old books (much to the detriment of my bank account). I’ve managed to gather a wide and varied collection of my own, from 19th century Fenian memoirs to … Continue reading

November 30, 2011

We Are 42%

Another image borrowed from the Occupy movement with another Irish spin. More of the original images are available from and The 42% of course refers to the percentage of Irish people who described themselves as speaking fluent or partial … Continue reading

November 30, 2011 · 2 Comments

Tá An Réabhlóid Ag Teacht!

Inspired by the images emerging from the Occupy movement here are some more adaptations of my own, this time in the style of classic activist posters. I have two versions of the same graphic for … Continue reading

November 29, 2011

Bella, Joan And Me

Last week I wrote a piece criticising some of the points made by the Scottish journalist and SNP politician Joan McAlpine in her article addressing the thorny issue of the SNP’s controversial … Continue reading

November 29, 2011

180 New IT Jobs Announced In Ireland. But Who Are They Going To?

Good news on the jobs front from RTÉ: “180 new jobs have been announced by Version 1, an IT consulting and outsourced managed services company. Most of the jobs will … Continue reading

November 28, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Contrasting Fortunes Of Gaelic Scotland And Gaelic Ireland

Scotland is to create its first Scottish-speaking museum, one primarily dedicated to its native language and culture. From Culture24: “The first museum in the UK to use Gaelic as its first … Continue reading

November 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

Cearta Teanga, Cearta Daonna – Draft Poster

There are some striking images emerging from the Occupy movements in the United States and Spain, particularly the comic and manga-inspired illustrations from Oakland, so I’d thought I’d experiment with some adaptations … Continue reading

November 22, 2011 · 2 Comments

Go Lassie Go, Getting It Wrong

The Scottish journalist and SNP politician Joan McAlpine is someone I have enormous respect for. She has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the Scottish people and nation, and she’s … Continue reading

November 22, 2011 · 25 Comments

When Policemen Want To Commemorate A Police State Its Time To Worry…

I’m really thinking of setting up a regular “Only In Ireland” series here at An Sionnach Fionn, just so I can take into account the madness, the sheer schizophrenic, self-hating … Continue reading

November 21, 2011 · 3 Comments

Basque And Catalan Nationalists The Real Victors In The Spanish General Election

With the results from the Spanish general election now in it seems that the opposition centre-right Partido Popular (PP) has achieved the substantial gains predicted by the polls, taking an overall majority … Continue reading

November 21, 2011 · 5 Comments

Mind Your Language, Please!

The right-wing British establishment newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, carries a typically dismissive article on the Liet International Song Contest, which was held last week. The competition is an opportunity for musical … Continue reading

November 20, 2011 · 1 Comment

Sábháil Ár dTeanga

The outrage sparked by the Fine Gael-Labour government’s controversial decision to abolish the office of An Coimisinéir Teanga continues to grow. The Irish Times carries the latest news: “ACADEMICS, IRISH language … Continue reading

November 19, 2011

Agóid Tobstailce @ Dáil Éireann

Some photos of the student demonstration held outside Dáil Éireann yesterday evening, a couple of hours after the shock government announcement of the abolishment of the office of the Language Commissioner.          

November 18, 2011

We’re All Speaking German Now – Apparently

So who’s in charge? That’s the big question on everyone’s lips as the latest demonstration of the emasculation of Ireland’s nationhood plays out in the media. The revelation that members of the German parliament have been … Continue reading

November 18, 2011 · 1 Comment

Irish Rights Are Civil Rights!

Some more reactions to the announcement today by the Fine Gael-Labour coalition government that the office of An Coimisinéir Teanga, the Language Commissioner, is to be abolished, and along with it any pretence … Continue reading

November 17, 2011

Second Class Citizens With Second Class Rights

Two weeks ago I predicted that the Fine Gael led coalition government would use a review of the Official Languages Act of 2003 to reverse a decade’s worth of progress on equal rights for Ireland’s Irish speaking communities. … Continue reading

November 17, 2011

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

You thought things were bad? Think again. Things are really bad. Michael Taft cuts through the (admittedly half-hearted) government spin to present our economic situation as it really is: “If one were to look at the … Continue reading

November 17, 2011

Deutschland Über Europa

Ah, poor old Saor Éire. It was nice while it lasted. Ireland’s freedom and democracy? What’s that to the rulers of the “New Europe”. Instead we have technocrats and an autocracy where once we had votes … Continue reading

November 16, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Book Smugglers. Ireland, Lithuania, And The Freedom Of Language

One of the most interesting, and thought-provoking, Irish language documentaries of recent years will be screened at a film festival in Estonia, reports IFTN: “Irish production companies Planet Korda Pictures and Vinegar … Continue reading

November 16, 2011

Scary Éire?

In the debate over the relative values of the Irish and English languages in contemporary Ireland one of the arguments being put forward by a small but powerful minority of … Continue reading

November 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

Ireland – The Mentality Of A Slave

I’ve written before about the power of the Anglophone community in Ireland and no better case proves that point than the dispute over the naming of the small town of Daingean … Continue reading

November 14, 2011 · 1 Comment

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