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Tiocfaidh Ár Phéig!

  Author Sara Baume writing in the Irish Times: “There are plenty of arguments against the inclusion of Sayers in the canon of great Irish women writers, foremost being the … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Celtic Cosmology, Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland

Over the last two decades relatively few studies have been published analysing the cosmological traditions of the Celtic-speaking peoples, at least by academic authors. There was a lot of interest in … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · 14 Comments

Negationists Ahoy!

So that tired old spy/informer/traitor of yore, Seán O’Callaghan, is back peddling his same tired old “analyses” of political and military events in Ireland. Or more specifically the bit of … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · 3 Comments

Gabriel Rosenstock, Margadh Na Míol In Valparaíso

Would I be right in suggesting that Gabriel Rosenstock and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill are probably the two greatest living Irish poets? There are many contenders for that title but when … Continue reading

April 1, 2014

Cultus Obscuram – Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze

The old cliché “…so bad it’s good” springs to mind when one watches the 1975 cinematic release “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze”. Based upon the eponymous 1930s’ pulp magazine … Continue reading

March 17, 2014

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, … Continue reading

March 13, 2014

The Randomers

I’ve been asked to highlight a recently released independent Irish movie, “The Randomers”, the fourth feature-length film from writer-director Graham Jones. The free-to-view drama focuses on a love affair sparked by the … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

Fight The Power! An Interview With The Authors

In the 18th and 19th centuries one of the more popular forms of protest against authoritarian governments or regimes was through the publication of satirical illustrations or short picture stories … Continue reading

March 5, 2014

A Stranger In Olondria By Sofia Samatar

I don’t get much time to read works of fiction these days which somewhat pains me since some books have been a more faithful companion through life’s myriad rises and … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

To Phone Or Not To Phone

I’m normally one of those fevered device-swapping, early-adopting geeks eager to get his or her hands on the next tech device before the present one has barely accrued a layer … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · 11 Comments

Tower Of Strength, The Mission

One of my favourite songs from the early 1990s is The Mission’s “Tower of Strength”, a drum and guitar heavy rock anthem from the British band that showed off Wayne … Continue reading

September 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit And An Sionnach Fionn

The 2013 issue of Tolkien Studies, an academic journal dedicated to the works of the English Fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien, includes a few references to An Sionnach Fionn and the … Continue reading

September 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Cultus Obscuram – Knightriders

In the oft-played Geek game of “Cultus Obscuram” I’ve yet to be beaten, whether it is in the arena of movies, TV programmes, books or comics. Undoubtedly my winning hand … Continue reading

August 29, 2013

The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190 – A Proper HTPC

While many consumers have bought into the commercial push for so-called Smart TVs the majority of the products on the Irish market are far from smart (yet). Very few have true … Continue reading

May 11, 2013

Scottish Mythology And Folklore

Some of the most popular (and visited) pages on An Sionnach Fionn are dedicated to the core elements of the Seanchas or indigenous mythology and folklore of Ireland, Scotland and … Continue reading

May 1, 2013

Truth Is The First Casualty Of War

Last Monday I watched the second part of TV3’s drama-documentary series, “In the Name of the Republic”, where once again Eunan O’Halpin claimed to offer an analysis of the alleged actions of the Irish Republican Army … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · 30 Comments

In The Name Of History

I’ve just finished watching a history-documentary (and I use that term advisedly) on Ireland’s British-owned private television channel, TV3, called “In The Name of the Republic”. Presented by Eunan O’Halpin it set out to investigate the alleged “disappearance” of … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · 6 Comments

The McGurk Bar Massacre – British Bombers In Irish Cities

Two reviews of the ground-breaking investigative book “The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover–Up and a Campaign for Truth” by the Irish author and campaigner Ciarán Mac Airt. The first is from the news and current … Continue reading

January 30, 2013

Terry Pratchett – New Interview

The British fantasy writer and humorous Terry Pratchett is one of those author’s whose publications I want to like, indeed ought to like, but somehow don’t. I read the first … Continue reading

November 28, 2012

Gráinne Holland – Teanga na nGael

In a shameless rip-off of the Cedar Lounge Revolution here is my own “Something For The Weekend“. Belfast’s Gráinne Holland is one of Ireland’s most talented new musical artists. Her … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

Pádraig Mac Piarais – The New Study In Review

I’ve been meaning to write a review of the new biography of Pádraig Mac Piarais, “Patrick Pearse: the making of a revolutionary“ by the Dutch historian Joost Augusteijn, for several months but something … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 · 1 Comment

Britain’s Irish Civil War

In my 2011 review of historian Liz Gillis’ new Irish Civil War study “The Fall of Dublin” from Mercier Press I wrote that: “…one of the accusations made by some Republicans … Continue reading

November 5, 2012 · 1 Comment

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