A Trail Of Tears – Native American History Resonates For An Irish Audience

One of the leading online publications for news on the indigenous communities of the United Sates and Canada is the thirty-year old Indian Country Today. With its wide and varied reporting on all aspects of Native American life, culture and politics it has provided a real insight into how the aboriginal peoples of North America view themselves and has always… Read More A Trail Of Tears – Native American History Resonates For An Irish Audience

Rising Boats, Trickle Down Economics And The Politics Of Regression

Another entry for my “Only In Ireland” series, this time thanks to Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes TD, with an entirely delusional piece given pride of place in the equally delusional FG Sunday Independent under the headline of the year, “A rising tide will lift all our boats!”: “In 1959, on taking power at a bleak time in Irish history, Fianna… Read More Rising Boats, Trickle Down Economics And The Politics Of Regression

Irish Books For Irish Children – A Success Story

The Irish publishing industry has always struggled against the domination of the book market here by overseas English-language publishers, particularly those from Britain. The effective “dumping” of British titles on Irish bookshelves has left little room for native publishing houses and writers to flourish and this has only gotten worse with the steady decline in… Read More Irish Books For Irish Children – A Success Story

Dáithí Ó hÓgáin – Ar Dheis Dé Go Raibh A Anam

A brief post to mark the passing of Professor Dáithí Ó hÓgáin, a man who brought academic rigour to the popular promotion of Early Irish Literature, Mythology and Folklore. From the Irish Times: “The funeral takes place today of folklorist and UCD emeritus professor Dáithí Ó hÓgáin. Prof Ó hÓgáin, originally from Bruff, Co Limerick, but living in Bray, Co Wicklow, was a professor… Read More Dáithí Ó hÓgáin – Ar Dheis Dé Go Raibh A Anam

The SNP – Going For A Proportional Measure Of Freedom?

A new poll, reported in the Scotsman newspaper, shows an increase in the support for independence amongst voters, with the majority plumping for “devo-max”: “The survey suggests 38% of people would vote to take Scotland out of the UK which is up three points from a poll in August. A total of 57% of respondents were against… Read More The SNP – Going For A Proportional Measure Of Freedom?

An Irish Slam!

Nice report from the Derry Journal on the recent All-Ireland Poetry Slam competition held in the Maiden City and its winner, Irish poet Séamas Barra Ó Suilleabháin. The only thing that mires the article is the apparent inability to record the champion’s name correctly: Seamus Barra O’ Suilleabhain is not Séamas Barra Ó Suilleabháin. “A captivating poet performing only… Read More An Irish Slam!

The SNP And The EU – We Have The UK Surrounded

Just a quick post to note the latest – unprecedented – polling numbers for the SNP, reported in the Herald Scotland over the weekend: “SUPPORT for the SNP has risen to an all-time high and Alex Salmond’s popularity has increased, while Labour’s decline in Scotland has continued, according to the latest survey. An Ipsos MORI poll shows… Read More The SNP And The EU – We Have The UK Surrounded

The Québécois Demand Their Rights, While The Gaeilgeoirí Plead For Theirs

Some interesting news on the revived language debate in Québec. With Francophone nationalism at a House of Commons level suffering something of an electoral meltdown in the recent Canadian general election the focus amongst some Québécois activists has shifted to the French language itself. Even the nominally federalist NDP, an all-Canada party with its strongest (if possibly temporary) support in Québec, has found itself dragged… Read More The Québécois Demand Their Rights, While The Gaeilgeoirí Plead For Theirs