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Willard Price’s Adventure Series, With Hal And Roger Hunt

Oh happy days! Well not quite, but forgive a brief moment of satisfaction following the discovery of the name – and author – of a literary series that had been … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Real and Fake Twitter Followers Of TheJournal.ie And George Hook

Back in March the social networking site Facebook insisted that I change my personal FB profile to a promotional Facebook Page on the spurious grounds that I was a product … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Michael White, The Debonair Greater Englander

Michael White, the parliamentary correspondent of the nominally centre-left Guardian newspaper in the UK, has gained an unenviable reputation over the last decade as one of the more odiously patronising Greater … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Conspiracy To Impose Homo-Fascism On Ireland

Well away from public scrutiny, is this the nonsense the base of the “No” campaign is comforting itself with in the wake of its defeat in the recent referendum contest over marriage … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Fallen Of World War II

The “Fallen of World War II” is a data-driven feature examining the human cost of the Second World War, measuring the losses incurred to other wars in history, including some recent conflicts. There is much to be … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

LGBT Rights In Ireland Cannot Be Partitioned

  No doubt most of you are aware that the referendum proposing the addition of a gender-neutral description of marriage to Bunreacht na hÉireann was passed by the Irish electorate … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · 8 Comments

Fianna Fáil, A Party Without A Cause

My family has been dwelling in Dublin city and its environs since the mid-1800s, part of the mass rural exodus to Ireland’s towns and cities in the wake of An … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 5 Comments

If It Was Good Enough For Cú Chulainn And Fear Dia

 

May 22, 2015 · 8 Comments

Here Be Dragons, Book Images Of The Internet Archive On Flickr

Susceptible as I am to the marriage of history with technology, being the original antiquarian-technophile, my love affair with the Internet Archive (a digital library offering free access to a legion of books, … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fathers And Mothers Matter, Respect And Understanding Not So Much

We are in the last week of the referendum campaign debating the addition of a new sub-section to Bunreacht na hÉireann defining marriage as a gender-neutral institution. In other words, … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Weapons Of The Irish Revolution

I thought these military-related articles would interest quite a few ASF readers (those of you who haven’t discovered the pieces for yourself, of course). First up is the always excellent … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

No, Ireland Did Not Inspire Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings

I love Ireland. I love the Lord of the Rings and most of the other associated works in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth canon. However just because I admire both it does not … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 4 Comments

Bronze Age Desert Cults Dislike The 21st Century

Well here’s two doubly depressing reports relating to the upcoming constitutional referendum which – if successful – will see a clause added to Bunreacht na hÉireann permitting marriage between two … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 10 Comments

Did You Hear The One About The Irish Name Spelled With Chinese Letters?

If you and your family are native Irish-speakers and you live in an Irish-speaking region, it seems not unreasonable to expect that your children will be educated by an Irish-speaking teacher when they attend … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 12 Comments

The Super Scary, Quite Contrary Equal-Marriage Referendum In Ireland

Buzzfeed, the popular American click-bait site which has recently acquired a serious case of the journalistic respectables, has a fairly lengthy article on the upcoming referendum in Ireland which proposes adding a clause to … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Pat Finucane, The Assassination Of An Irish Lawyer By British Terrorists

More on the slow unravelling of the secrecy and deception which obscured most aspects of Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland from the late 1960s to early 2000s. The family of Pat Finucane, the Irish … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Irish Language Is The Most Dangerous Language Of All The World’s Most Dangerous Languages

It’s not discriminatory – its health and safety! That seems to be the disapproving line taken in this article from Breakingnews.ie on the long-delayed decision by a state agency to erect … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 10 Comments

The Middle East’s Proxy Wars

Two Middle Eastern nation states torn apart by internecine wars, two whirlpools of conflict which suck in others willingly or unwillingly. First up is Syria and the significance of foreign fighters in the battle to control … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Palestine’s Right To Defend Itself

The oft-stated right of the Israelis to “defend themselves” against their enemies, both near and far, is a claim encountered with great regularity in the public discourse of the United … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 9 Comments

The Peculiar Nature Of British Democarcy

Following up on the unexpected results of the UK general election Adrian Kavanagh has examined the barely democratic nature of Britain’s first-past-the-post electoral system and the stark anomalies it throws up. The details … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nicola Sturgeon And The SNP Stun Everyone

Some absolutely astonishing results from the UK general election so far, with the stand-out story being the sweeping of the electoral board in Scotland by Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP. The Scottish nationalists … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 21 Comments

The UK General Election 2015

My predictions for the general election in the UK (and the north-eastern bit of Ireland that the British stubbornly cling on to as a last reminder of their glory days, along with a few … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · 4 Comments

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