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Monthly Archives: December, 2011

A Year Of The French

There is an interesting series of articles, in French, on the status of the Irish language in the North of Ireland over on the Couleurs irlandaises blog. The author looks at several … Continue reading

December 30, 2011

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 … Continue reading

December 30, 2011

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 … Continue reading

December 30, 2011

Aboriginal Sensitivities

In May 2011 the New Democratic Party (NDP), the perennial also-rans of Canadian politics, shocked the body politic and much of the Commentariat in Canada by scoring its highest ever … Continue reading

December 29, 2011

État de Louisiane – French America

English, English, English! The language of modernity. The language of technology, the media and business (always business). The language of the “West”. Yet, even in the heart of the “West” the English … Continue reading

December 28, 2011

Lá An Dreoilín Shona Duit!

May I wish all my readers a happy Lá an Dreoilín. Enjoy the hunting ;-)

December 26, 2011

Playing Fantasy Troubles

A lot of articles, books, documentaries and news pieces have been produced over the last two decades exploring the origins of the Peace Process in the North of Ireland, and none more … Continue reading

December 22, 2011 · 2 Comments

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 … Continue reading

December 21, 2011

An Anti-Irish Free State?

I’ve written several pieces here about the shock and dismay felt by many Irish-speaking citizens across Ireland at the decision by the current Fine Gael-Labour coalition government to abolish the office of An … Continue reading

December 20, 2011 · 2 Comments

Searglighe an tSionnaigh Fionn

Apologies to everyone who has been emailing, tweeting or commenting over the last few days but (to borrow a description used of the late Jeffrey Bernard) An Sionnach Fionn has been … Continue reading

December 20, 2011 · 4 Comments

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 … Continue reading

December 14, 2011 · 2 Comments

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 … Continue reading

December 14, 2011 · 2 Comments

Colonially Speaking

While in my earlier post it was good to see positive news for Ireland’s Irish-speaking population, it’s depressing to be reminded yet again of the same old bigotry and discrimination … Continue reading

December 13, 2011 · 1 Comment

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 … Continue reading

December 13, 2011 · 1 Comment

Taking Back “Our Territory”

Following on from yesterday’s piece on Québec and Canada, some potentially important developments for the indigenous peoples of La belle provence, as reported by the National Post: “A group of … Continue reading

December 13, 2011

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 … Continue reading

December 13, 2011 · 1 Comment

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 … Continue reading

December 12, 2011 · 4 Comments

Irish Republican Army – The History Of A Name

While many decry the growth of the internet for its allegedly deleterious effects on the absorption of information by the human mind, as well as the decline of the reign … Continue reading

December 9, 2011 · 7 Comments

His Master’s Voice

Ah, elitism, ‘tis the bane of Irish society. Ever since the days of the Liberator there have always been those who thought they were the natural masters of the Irish … Continue reading

December 8, 2011

Freedom To Talk

If the message hasn’t been driven home that the Irish language and those who speak it are at the top of the Fine Gael-Labour government’s list of targets, then the … Continue reading

December 8, 2011

Fighting The Peace

Outreach? What outreach?! Looking on at the hostility of many in the British separatist minority as they react to the half-hearted overtures by the Joint First Minister Peter Robinson to northern “Roman … Continue reading

December 8, 2011 · 2 Comments

The Politics Of Distraction

Here is another entry for my occasional “Only In Ireland” series. Following on from the slow drip of revelations that the same old cronyism is continuing for those privileged elites … Continue reading

December 7, 2011 · 1 Comment

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