The Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic

The National Library of Scotland, Early Gaelic Book Collection

The first phase of Dachaigh airson Stòras na Gàidhlig or the Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic has been completed by Glasgow University with the launch of an online database featuring digitised versions of texts dating from the 12th to 21st centuries. It is planned that the finished project will include literary and vernacular examples of the language not just … Continue reading

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Slut-Shaming Maíria Cahill Is Not A Republican Response

Maíria Cahill at an anti-RUC demonstration organised by Ógra Shinn Féin in the 1990s

So the controversy in relation to the allegations made by 33 year old Maíria Cahill, a former national secretary of Ógra Shinn Féin (SF’s youth wing), continues to rumble on. Understandably the general public has been shocked by Cahill’s forceful claims that from August of 1997, when she was 16 years of age, she was subject to … Continue reading

Ireland’s Great Betrayal

British troops pose with an Irish Tricolour captured from Pro-Treaty and Anti-Treaty Irish Republican Army units following the Battle of Pettigo and Belleek in late May and early June of 1922

What date marks the end of Ireland’s War of Independence? It is a question more debated than you might think (along with the commencement of the struggle itself, with both Cork and Donegal claiming the “first shots” of the conflict in 1918, well ahead of the usual date of January 1919). If you were to follow the conventional … Continue reading

Ireland Of The Apes

Speak English! Not Irish!

Are we really so enslaved to our post-colonial neuroses, so malformed by centuries of external domination, that even after ninety years of independence we are still unable to contemplate giving equal prominence to our own language on our own road signs alongside the language of our one-time masters? And what excuses do we cushion our own pathetic feelings of … Continue reading

Native American Day

The Native American Nations In The United States - Trapped In The USA

Yesterday was Columbus Day in the United States, the latterly Italian-American festival commemorating the “discovery” of the Americas by the speculative expeditions of Christopher Columbus in the 1490s. Of course for many others in the US the second Monday in October is Indigenous Peoples’ Day (or Native American Day) which marks the moment when European … Continue reading

Water Charges, The Irish Poll Tax

Water taxation in Ireland, via Uisce Éireann or Irish Water

In 1989 the Conservative Party government in Britain, under the premiership of Margaret Thatcher, introduced the officially regarded “community charge” or popularly despised “poll tax” into Scotland, the first step in a planned nationwide imposition. This flat-rate charge was designed to fund local government authorities across the country with the taxation set and collected locally. … Continue reading

The Scandal Of The 1916 Battlefield Quarter

The GPO, Dublin, Destroyed By The British Occupation Forces, 1916

As Dublin City Council continues to debate and prevaricate over saving what is left of the capital’s 1916 Battlefield Quarter below is a timely reminder of the background to the ongoing scandal. Would the French ponder the preservation of the Bastille or the Americans the safeguarding of Bunker Hill? Of course not but here in … Continue reading

Iraq, The Graveyard Of Western Journalism

American soldiers prepare to storm a building in Iraq

With all due caution given the source this recent Q&A with Andrew MacGregor Marshall, a former senior correspondent with Reuters, featured on Russia Today deserves a far wider audience than it has got. Yes, it is RT, yes everything they say or write should be taken with a hefty pinch of salt, however…: “Andre Vitchek: Andrew, as the former head … Continue reading

The Origins Of The Name Irish Republican Army Or IRA

Brass button from the uniform a Fenian volunteer inscribed with the letters IRA or Irish Republican Army, Canada, 1870

Back in 2011 I wrote a short piece on the history of the terms “Irish Republican Army” and “IRA“ by conducting a simple internet search through Google News to highlight some of their earliest printed occurrences. To the surprise of quite a few of my readers many of these dated to publications from the mid-1800s when the name was used by the … Continue reading

The Problem With Irish? Not Enough Politics!

Labhair Gaeilge

There is a great article over on Diaga on the importance of persecuted communities with distinct languages and cultures achieving some form of political autonomy if their identities are to survive. I recommend that you read the whole thing but here are some highlights: “Mulling over the Scottish ‘no’ vote last week, it occurred to me just … Continue reading

Scottish Catholics, British Nationalism’s New Enemy Within

Anti-Scottish British unionist and nationalist extremists holding anti-independence signs while giving Nazi salutes

Last week, in the wake of the failed referendum on Scottish independence, we witnessed gangs of violent British nationalists (so-called unionists) taking to the streets of Glasgow to bask in the defeat of the pro-sovereignty “Yes” campaign led by the SNP, Scottish Green Party and others. British flags were waved, Scottish flags were torn down … Continue reading

Faraway Hills Are Ideologically Greener

Extreme British unionist and nationalist supporters holding Union Jacks and giving Nazi salutes in Glasgow, Scotland

Of all the moronic articles published over the last six days in relation to Scotland’s recent, unsuccessful independence referendum this American example must surely rank somewhere in the top twenty. If proof were needed that most journalists don’t have a clue about the far-away subjects they pontificate on this is it. Todd Brewster writing for Salon under … Continue reading

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