A New Look For An Sionnach Fionn

An Idirlíon

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

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The Wee Blue Book

Albain (Scotland)

Like myself many readers of An Sionnach Fionn are interested in the upcoming independence referendum in Scotland so I thought I’d post some links to the “Wee Blue Book”, the much anticipated pro-sovereignty fact-guide by the excellent website Wings Over Scotland. By all accounts it has already been a great success and certainly judging by … Continue reading

Vote An Sionnach Fionn

Reynard the Fox

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

ASF Via Surface 2 Pro

The beautiful writing of Dubhghlas de hÍde in traditional Irish script

So I’ve made the switch from a super-heavy Qosmio x500 laptop to a Surface Pro 2 with attached Type Cover for writing my blog posts (and a lot more). It’s a helluva change. At the moment I’m spending more time hitting the backspace key than any other while typing and using Win8 in tablet form (as opposed to laptop or PC) is, to … Continue reading

The Irish Government’s Anti-Irishness

Agóid Tobstailce @ Dáil Éireann

The Irish-speaking citizens and communities of Ireland are under attack. They are under attack from a coalition government of two parties who seem determined to finish the ethnocide of the indigenous Irish language and culture begun eight centuries ago. For how else could one explain the events of the last three years? The rolling back of … Continue reading

The Cló Gaelach Or Irish Typefaces

Nuacht1.com

Following on from the popularity of a recent post examining some online sources for Irish literary studies I thought a few of you might be interested by information on the Cló Gaelach (literally “Irish Type”), the family of typefaces formerly used in Ireland for Irish language texts. They originated in the 16th century with the creation of … Continue reading

Electronic Irish

A lot of people seem unaware of the two best online resources for historical texts relating to Ireland, both of which are entirely free to use. The first is “CELT, the Corpus of Electronic Texts”, a collection of hundreds of manuscripts and books in digitised form mainly written in Irish and English (of various periods) … Continue reading

.éire Versus .ie

The people of Wales now have two national domain names to register their websites with, “.cymru“ and “.wales”, reflecting their nation’s bilingual status. Of course in Ireland we still persist with the “.ie” domain, usually using the “/ga” extension to direct users to the Irish language pages of any particular website (.ie. = “ireland” not … Continue reading

The Logainm Relaunch

A quick (if late) post on the Placenames Database of Ireland or Logainm, a comprehensive topographical index of our island nation that became something of a surprise internet hit upon its official launch in 2013, and which has now been given a major overall by Fiontar, the Irish language studies and research unit of Dublin City University. … Continue reading

Ireland And Scotland, Our Democracies, Our Voices

The recent polls in Ireland and Scotland make for interesting reading in the run-up to the European and local elections (though only the former contest is being held in our fellow Gaelic neighbour). While the percentages for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are within a whisper of each other both parties are expected to do … Continue reading

Irish TV And Cinema? Some Hope

I was going through my collection of Blu-ray and DVD movies and box-sets over the weekend, not to mention several hundred hours of digital content on my main HTPC, and it suddenly struck me that less than 1% of the total was actually Irish-made. I have a huge catalogue of films and TV shows from … Continue reading

Even A Fanboy Has His Limits

Is it just me or is there now a dearth of thoughtful and well-informed websites and blogs on the genre worlds of Sci-Fi and Fantasy literature? Oh yes, the banner-heavy, paragraph-light sites that focus on the latest Marvel or DC movie franchises are in plentiful supply. However most of these flash-happy affairs have as much … Continue reading

Learn A Language In Six Months?

Since this is generating some internet buzz I thought I’d post it: How to learn any language in six months, Chris Lonsdale at TEDxLingnanUniversity. I’m always suspicious about “fast-track” learning. Most are gimmicks and as I know from experience learning a new language when in adulthood is as much about a person’s intuitive abilities as anything … Continue reading

Glenn Greenwald On War By Other Means

From Glenn Greenwald a must-read for Republican and progressive activists in Ireland and elsewhere examining how the internet is used and abused to manipulate individuals and groups in the interests of major nation-states. To defeat one’s enemy one must understand (or become?) one’s enemy. “One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the … Continue reading

Congratulations To Wings Over Scotland

Wings Over Scotland, the influential news and current affairs website, launched an appeal early this morning for funding to keep it going in the lead-up to the referendum on Scottish independence. The Reverend Stu, editor-writer of WoS, asked his readers to pledge £53,000 (€64,000 or $88,000). By this evening, just eight hours later, that goal had … Continue reading

A Transgender Story Is A Human Story

Until the phenomenon of fandom engulfed popular culture (thanks to Joss Whedon, JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer amongst others) many a hardcore geek like myself found ourselves under much derision for our devotion to all things “genre”. That most of us did not match the thoroughly Americanised stereotypes that were foisted upon us, from Comic … Continue reading

Republican Think-Tanks

There is a considerable debate going on amongst Irish Republicans and interested observers in Ireland over the future direction of revolutionary republicanism. With a renewed focus on the ideological aspects and political traditions of Republicanism as it pertains in the 21st century some new ideas are emerging as well as much self-analyses (and quite a … Continue reading

Does He Mean Us? Yes, He Does

At the start of December last year I wrote a brief post marking the achievement of 400,000 views of An Sionnach Fionn in the two plus years of its existence. I also mentioned one other aspect of this website’s success, the apparent ire of newspaper columnist and former RTÉ producer Eoghan Harris at the online … Continue reading

It’s All About The Metadata

I’ve written before about the importance of “raw data” in any revolutionary or military struggle and while that may seem obvious the means of collecting and sorting through such information is far from so. While the Snowden revelations have shocked many (although few have altered their online behaviour despite what they learned) they are only … Continue reading

Removal Of The RSS Feeds – Apologies

Yes, I know, the RSS feeds to like-minded websites in Ireland, Scotland and elsewhere have been removed from An Sionnach Fionn. I’m afraid the reasons are technical, mostly to do with slower load times on my own webpages and poor SEO ranking due to the presence of multiple RSS links on ASF. So what to … Continue reading

An Sionnach Fionn – 400,000 And Rising

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

Responses To The Metro Herald “Nazis” Letter

Following on from my criticism of the Dublin-based newspaper, the Metro Herald, for publishing a letter from a correspondent styling himself “Aaron” comparing Irish-speaking citizens and communities of Ireland to “Nazis”, two replies have been published by the Metro, one from Ian Mac an Ghaill and one from Daithí Mac Lochlainn. Fair play to both for … Continue reading

Metro Herald Letter: Irish-Speakers Are “Nazis”

The Metro Herald is a free newspaper published in Ireland with both print and electronic editions, and distributed principally in Dublin city. On the 4th of November 2013 on page 11 of the newspaper under its “Mailbox” section it published a letter from a correspondent where he described the Irish-speaking community of Ireland as “Nazis“. … Continue reading

Hobitit – The Hobbits

I thought I’d post this to An Sionnach Fionn since few people will have heard of it let alone seen it outside of its home country. In 1993 the television and radio network Yle, Finland’s public service broadcaster, produced a mini-series loosely based upon a theatre version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy “The Lord of the … Continue reading

Eat The Old

Back in September the journal.ie, an online Irish news and current affairs website, held a poll asking its readers if they believed in global warming. Leaving aside the idiocy of asking the question in the first place (where have these people been for the last decade?) only 44% of those who took part in the … Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z Ultra 6.4″ Smartphone – Oh How I Love Thee

A few weeks ago I was discussing my need for a new mobile phone to replace my existing three year old HTC Desire and after much research I finally settled on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra 6.4″. Online retailer amazon.co.uk had a SIM-free version with a Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 and shipment to Ireland for only €727.66 which was … Continue reading

Win 8.1, WiFi And Lenovo’s Q190

So Win 8.1, the service pack that is not a service pack, has been disgorged into Win 8 machines all over the world and as is the wont with Microsoft software updates it comes with its fair share of issues. In the case of my Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190, a HTPC or multi-media computer connected to … Continue reading

Redesigned Slate – The Web Equivalent Of Spaghetti Junction

  Good god, has anyone else seen the redesigned “slate.com”? What a sprawling, over-crafted mess. Any website that all but needs a map to navigate it is dead in the water. Meanwhile over on “salon.com“.

The Racist Republic Of Ireland

Ah, ‘tis good to see that Anglophone racism continues to thrive in contemporary Ireland. Where would we be without our fellow hate-filled citizens or their media demagogues?

Wikipedia, Where The Fantasists Go To Play

Go to the Wikipedia entry titled “Waffen-SS foreign volunteers and conscripts” and you will learn that the Waffen SS, the infamous Nazi-affiliated German military organisation during the 1930s and ‘40s, incorporated a 400 strong “Irish Brigade”. Except what you are reading is completely and utterly untrue. There is no evidence whatsoever that such a group … Continue reading

The Guardian Enters GUBU Territory

From the Guardian newspaper: “Guardian editors on Tuesday revealed why and how the newspaper destroyed computer hard drives containing copies of some of the NSA and GCHQ secret files leaked by Edward Snowden. The decision was taken after a threat of legal action by the government that could have stopped reporting on the extent of American and British government surveillance revealed … Continue reading

Blog Awards Ireland 2013 Nominee

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.

Big Think: The Repartition Of Ireland

Big Think is one of my favourite websites dedicated to, well, big thinking. It deals with all sorts of ideas and scenarios for the 21st century as well as touching upon the more obscure aspects of culture, science and even geography. So imagine my surprise to be greeted with this headline in the Strange Maps … Continue reading

Big Boost For Online Scottish Language Resource

Some great news for the ongoing development and growth of the Scottish language. The government of Scotland has announced a major increase in the funding of Faclair na Gàidhlig, a project to establish an online Scottish dictionary similar to Ireland’s Foclóir.ie and Focal.ie. From the BBC: “The Scottish government has given £2m funding for an online Gaelic … Continue reading

Racist Fun With The Journal.ie

YAY! The Daily Edge, part of the “Irish” news and current affairs website TheJournal.ie, has a “humorous” article today on those funny native Irish names used by those funny Bogwogs Irish people who identify with or express themselves through Ireland’s indigenous language and culture. Oh, it is hilarious: “Can you pronounce these baffling Irish names? … Continue reading

  • blog awards ireland Nominated: Best Politics Blog 2013, Best Personal Blog 2013, Best Blog Post 2013
  • blog awards ireland

    Nominated: Best News/Current Affairs/Political Blog 2014, Best Mobile Blog 2014, Best Blog Post 2014