You may have noticed a few changes in the layout of An Sionnach Fionn today though hopefully they are not too dramatic. Why the changes? Simply a case of trying to meet reader demands. Since the start of the year the number of visitors to ASF has shot up with around 30% of those coming … Continue reading
Nice to hear that An Sionnach Fionn has been nominated for three separate categories in the Blog Awards Ireland 2014 (the same number as last year, so I must be doing something right!). The categories are “Best Political/Current Affairs/News”, “Best Mobile Compatible” and “Best Blog Post” (for the article “Chief Superintendent Harry Breen, What You … Continue reading
On the list of occasional workplace chores that HR departments and managerial teams feel the need to inflict upon their employees surely the two worse offenders are the team-building day (an oxymoron if ever there was one) and those buy-in training courses that confine you to an anodyne hotel conference room with people you probably … Continue reading
Have an opinion? Passionate about politics or current affairs? What to let others know about it? An Sionnach Fionn is a grain of sand on the shifting beach that is the world wide web. However all things are relative and this particular grain has accumulated quite a following over the last three years. So if … Continue reading
Apologies to all those who have contacted me in the last couple of weeks and who are still waiting for a reply. You are not being ignored, I am simply flat-out in my non-ASF job (the one that keeps the wolf from the door). I will try and reply when I can. Lots to say, … Continue reading
A very happy Christmas to all my readers, both near and far.
As I face up to the troubling fact that wanting a certain type of car is not the same as being able to afford a certain type of car, along comes Digital D-Tour with these Californian specimens of automotive beauty. Sigh…
A quick post to note that after two-and-a-half years of existence An Sionnach Fionn has now passed 400,000 views, the majority achieved in the last eighteen months. For a website expressing progressive Republican views on an island nation where such opinions are regarded as strictly verboten by much of the media establishment I am quite … Continue reading
Just to let you know that An Sionnach Fionn has been nominated for two categories in this year’s Blog Awards Ireland 2013: “Best Politics Blog” and “Best Personal Blog”. Thanks to all those who nominated me and to everyone who reads, comments and links to An Sionnach Fionn. Go raibh maith agat, a charide.
Some interesting views expressed underneath a post by WorldByStorm over on the Cedar Lounge Revolution: Do Irish people instinctively understand that Irish unity, independence and sovereignty is in their vital interest? The answer of course is how could they when so much of the Dublin media establishment actively promotes a disdain for all of the … Continue reading
An Sionnach Fionn, “The White Fox”, was set up on the first of May 2011 as a personal blog where I hoped to express my various interests online. I intended it to record my years of study into Irish and Celtic literature, mythology and folklore. My interlinked passions for history, archaeology, architecture, art, photography, technology, … Continue reading
Well another year has all but passed for An Sionnach Fionn, which has now seen some 20 months of existence. My very first post went up on the 15th of May, 2011, and there have been 644 posts and articles since then, not to mention 121 permanent pages of reviews, studies and other resources. I have had 1239 Comments … Continue reading
Seasons’ Greeting to all my readers from An Sionnach Fionn ;-)
When Ireland’s Own hits the shop shelves in December but of course! ;-)
Some good news (for some of you!). An Sionnach Fionn is now available on “Google Currents“, the hassle-free Android and iOS application for tablet computers and smartphones that features magazine-style editions of websites like the Guardian, New York Times, Slate, Mashable and a host of others. This app version of An Sionnach Fionn will feature up-to-date posts from the blog and … Continue reading
Well, to paraphrase someone else, I haven’t gone away y’know ;-) A bout of illness, a bit of R’n’R, and a job that pays the bills have kept me away from An Sionnach Fionn for a few days but I’m back. A thank you to regular readers for all the messages and queries. It’s good … Continue reading
Well my first ever Post on An Sionnach Fionn went up on the 15th of May 2011 (back when it was still a “.wordpress.com” site). Since then there have been 464 more, along with quite a few permanent Pages. At the end of May we passed the 100,000 Views mark, so to celebrate this … Continue reading
May I wish all my readers a happy Lá an Dreoilín. Enjoy the hunting ;-)
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 unwell. Unfortunately it wasn’t the festive level of “unwellness” achieved by the legendary Fleet Street journo turned bonhomie but a rather more prosaic bout of … Continue reading
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 latest news from the Irish Times will surely leave no doubt: “National cultural institutions, such as museums and parks, could be forced to close or restrict access … Continue reading
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
An Cloigtheach Shord Cholm Cille, Fine Gall, Laighean, Éire, Meitheamh 2011 (The Round Tower of Swords, Fingal, Leinster, Ireland, June 2011). More here and here.
Enough with politics for now. Apparently my dog is of the opinion that eating on the floor is a singularly uncivilized practice – for human or canine. A mutt with aspirations! :-)
As those of you who know me are aware I’m what one might call a militant Gael. I see myself as part of a community of Irish-speakers, diverse in origins, who have lived on this island (and in these islands) for the last four millennia and more. Contrary to popular myth current academic opinion holds that the … Continue reading
News today that 120 heavily armed British police officers from London’s Metropolitan Police force will be patrolling the streets of Dublin during the visit by the British head of state alongside (mainly unarmed) members of An Garda Síochana. So, not only has the upcoming visit by the British queen introduced a city under siege, with Dublin locked down by a security cordon, road … Continue reading
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