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Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Today, Scotland! Tomorrow, The World!

Are you looking for an example of dirty politics? Then look no further than the British Nationalist camp in Scotland as they rage against the drive for independence by the … Continue reading

February 29, 2012 · 10 Comments

Heard The One About The Self-Hating Irishman?

From the Mayo News yet more depressing evidence of how no one hates the Irish as much as the Irish themselves: “Gaeltacht communities who call for bilingual road signs ‘should be careful what they wish for’, as … Continue reading

February 29, 2012

A Native Place

The new Irish language social networking site Abair Leat!, which is primarily aimed at language learners, has been officially launched by the Irish-American comedian and Gaeilgeoir Des Bishop. From the Irish Times: … Continue reading

February 28, 2012

What About Our Irish Rights?

The much heralded Constitutional Convention is finally on the horizon after many a false dawn. According to the Irish Times: “The Taoiseach and the Tánaiste are to brief Opposition leaders Micheál … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · 2 Comments

Try Again 2012!

Talking of the Irish language online there is certainly a lot of speculation at the moment about the new website “Try Again 2012” and the associated high-profile advertising campaign around the country … Continue reading

February 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Abair Leat! To Launch On 27th Of February

In December 2011 I wrote about a new online Irish language education network for language learners called “Abair Leat!“. Going through its final beta testing we were promised a full launch within months … Continue reading

February 23, 2012

Young Fine Gael – The Irony Is In The Name

Over the last year I have catalogued on An Sionnach Fionn the inherent hostility of the right-wing Fine Gael party to the Irish language and Ireland’s Irish speaking communities, a situation that has only worsened since … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

From Irish Ireland To English Ireland

There’s been something of a surprise result from Latvia where a national referendum has rejected moves to make Russian the second official language of the small Baltic nation along with … Continue reading

February 20, 2012 · 4 Comments

Teilifís na Life?

Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, the high-profile Welsh Language Society, is to launch a new web-based television service, initially operating for two hours a week. From the BBC: “Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg … Continue reading

February 20, 2012

Speaking In Two Tongues

Do you know that you live in an officially bilingual Ireland? Believe it or not but the Government of Ireland committed itself to a policy of “official bilingualism” across the … Continue reading

February 17, 2012 · 13 Comments

Get Your Gael On!

There’s an interesting site with some fun games for Irish language learners at Digital Dialects. The vocabulary seems correct and so far I’ve not seen any mistakes. It’s all very simple … Continue reading

February 16, 2012 · 2 Comments

Native Americans – Second Class Americans

There is a disgraceful story of discrimination towards Native American schoolchildren at a local high school in the United States, highlighted by the Indian Country Today: “On January 19, a Menominee Indian seventh … Continue reading

February 16, 2012 · 4 Comments

Guns For Hire – From RIC To RUC

In the 1920s, following the British defeat in Ireland’s War of Independence, many serving members of Britain’ paramilitary police force in Ireland, the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC), went on to … Continue reading

February 15, 2012

GQ Magazine – Rebellious Scots To Crush!

Crikey, law’ luv-a-duck! The ‘nglish meadja establishment is so bloomin’ terrified of Alex Salmond an’ ‘is SNP stormtroopers that even the toff magazine GQ has joined in the fight fer queen an’ … Continue reading

February 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Anne Coulter – Close Encounters Of A Right-wing Kind

I’ve been asked by a couple of readers to offer some commentary on the current contest amongst the Republican Party in the United States as it decides who its next … Continue reading

February 15, 2012 · 3 Comments

Ivan Yates – No Irish For Your Children. But Plenty Of Irish For Mine!

Scratch a Blueshirt, even an ex-Blueshirt, and it doesn’t take long for the Inner Anglo to come out. Ivan Yates, former Fine Gael politico and (recently bankrupt) businessman turned radio presenter, has … Continue reading

February 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Fantasy Troubles Part III – Britain’s Superspies!

Back in December 2011 I addressed the grossly exaggerated issue of the alleged penetration of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army by British Intelligence agents and double-agents in the 1980s and ‘90s, concluding … Continue reading

February 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Sunday Independent Has An Article On Irish History – Which Favours The Irish!

Something truly strange must have happened in the offices of the Sunday Anglo Independent over the last few days. Why? Because someone has managed to smuggle an article into the newspaper examining a … Continue reading

February 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

The North Of Ireland: Roman Catholics 40% Of Population, 61% Of Unemployed

Author and journalist Jude Collins has an article with the Belfast Media Group examining the continued apartheid nature of the North of Ireland where those from the Irish community, most of whom are … Continue reading

February 11, 2012

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