John Redmond MP presents a regimental flag to a unit of the Irish National Volunteers, the paramilitary wing of the Irish Parliamentary Party, the Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, April 1915

France Had Pétain, We Nearly Had Redmond

John Redmond is probably one of the more divisive figures in Irish history and rightly so. The patrician head of the Irish Parliamentary Party whose followers eulogised him with an almost messianic fervour while excoriating any and all critics he was the self-proclaimed “leader of Nationalist Ireland” who bullied and cajoled thousands of young Irish … Continue reading

An Phalaistín (Palestine)

Helpless In Gaza

Originally posted on Keeping An Eye On the Czar of Russia:
Israel-Palestine is a subject I have avoided for years. For a serious newspaper columnist or a humble Blogger, its a thankless task to try and analyse that particular conflict. History is about “nuance” and the partisans of Israel and Palestine just don’t do “nuance”.…

Alba Gu Brath - Scotland Forever. Thousands attend Scottish independence rally, Edinbugh, Scotland, 2012 (Photo: Wings Over Scotland)

Scottish Referendum Poll Shows Yes Vote Gaining Ground

The latest TNS BMRB poll in Scotland is showing a small if significant rise in support for the pro-sovereignty Yes side in the run-up to the September referendum on Scottish independence. When “undecideds” are stripped out the anti-sovereignty No vote has dropped to 56% while the Yes vote has increased to 44%, a 3% jump since … Continue reading

"Belfast Fianna Fáil wish all members of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland a happy 12th of July"

Name The Kincora Abusers

  For the first time an allegation long made in private has been stated in public: a senior member of the largest political party representing the British Unionist community in the north-east of Ireland and a current minister in the regional executive in Belfast was once an associate of Tara, a would-be British terrorist grouping founded in the … Continue reading

English versus An Ghaeilge

The Irish State Versus The Irish Language

More on the controversial decision by the Fine Gael-Labour coalition to appoint two government minsters to departments dealing with Irish-speaking communities and citizens both of whom have little to no ability in the language despite the fact that a number of their colleagues are fluent speakers. The now familiar hostility and apathy towards our indigenous language … Continue reading

The Ladies of Fine Gael - old habits die hard

Irish-Speakers Lie Down!

If there is a nation anywhere on the planet more ashamed and embarrassed of its own existence, of its very language and culture, than Ireland then I think we need to hear of it. Only the modern Irish could disdain their millennia-old identity in pursuit of some nebulous form of Anglo-Americanism. Only the modern Irish … Continue reading

A British Unionist and Orange Order bonfire decorated with sectarian and racist messages, Ireland, July 2014

Britain’s Legacy In Ireland, 800 Years In The Making

Pictured above is an “Eleventh Night” bonfire, one of many dozens erected across the north-east of Ireland by usually adolescent members of the British Unionist minority to commemorate a series of 17th century Protestant British victories over Catholic British and Irish opponents during localised conflicts in the pan-european War of the Grand Alliance. In Ireland the primary struggle, … Continue reading

Teach an Locháin, Bóthar an Choinicéir, Cill Fhionntain, Éire 2014

Between The Land And The Sea

Regular readers will know of my affection for Bóthar an Choinicéir, a leafy side-road in Fine Gall situated on a narrow strip of land between the sea and the main BÁC-Binn Éadair DART line. Generally considered to be part of Cill Fhionntain technically the area lies within the separate townland of An Coinicéar (though both lie in the … Continue reading

Poblacht na hÉireann - the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic, an original copy with its distinct fonts

Commemoration as manipulation

Originally posted on The Irish Republic:
Imagine the United States suspending Independence Day ceremonies for 36 years, or the French doing likewise with Bastille Day ceremonies. Imagine if the British government announced that, even for one year, there would be no Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph on November 11th. There would be national uproar…

Israeli soldiers pray before a Torah, southern Israel, 2012 (AP Photo - Ariel Schalit)

The Reality Of War

Philip Weiss links to a shocking and profoundly disturbing video of a Palestinian father unable to accept the killing of his young son during an Israeli military attack on a civilian population centre in the Gaza Strip. This the reality of Israel’s latest campaign against the besieged population of Gaza while supposedly countering the military forces of the … Continue reading

"Belfast Fianna Fáil wish all members of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland a happy 12th of July"

The Calm Before The Storm

The infamous Ku Klux Klan had – and probably still has – burning crosses. The equally infamous Orange Order has burning bonfires. The function of both is the same: celebration, defiance, intimidation. With “only” three ethnically motivated stabbings, scattered and desultory rioting, a handful of inter-communal clashes, minimal damage to property, shorter than previous road and … Continue reading

The Cairo Gang - Britain's notorious death squad in Ireland during the War of Independence

The Acceptable Face of Nationalism

Originally posted on A Wilderness of Peace:
Video courtesy the Reverend. “I was born in Inverness, I’m a passionate Highlander, and I love Scotland. I will take a stand to keep the United Kingdom together. I will give my life for my country as my grandfather did in the First World War. And his brother…

An Phalaistín (Palestine)

Rhetoric Should Take Second Place To Respect

The ongoing military operations being carried out against the civilian population of Gaza and Occupied Palestine as a whole by the Israeli defence forces and government in pursuit of Palestinian insurgents are dreadful and may well fall into the category of war crimes. However the use of deliberately egregious language to describe or condemn those … Continue reading

The True "Northern Ireland" In Orange

A Sickness At The Heart Of Britishness

As Britain witnesses the revelations of a decades old culture of institutionalised paedophilia and sexual abuse within the heart of the state (seemingly encompassing the BBC, the lower and upper houses of parliament, the judiciary, the police and intelligence services, the “aristocracy”, and past – and possibly current – governments in London) it is worth … Continue reading

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Syria’s Other War

As if the dreadful loss in human life and untold misery inflicted upon tens of thousands wasn’t enough the internecine struggle in Syria now rivals the conflict in Iraq for the irreparable damage it has caused to the physical heritage of the Middle East and its many peoples. A thoroughly depressing report from the BBC: … Continue reading

Mian Ní Cheallaigh, An Cladach, Contae na Gaillimhe, Éire, 26ú Bealtaine 1913

Oíche Sheanchais, The First Irish Language Sound Film

From a report by the Galway Advertiser: “The first Irish language ‘talkie’ ever made has premiered at a renowned Italian festival of rediscovered and restored film… Oidhche Sheanchais, an 11-minute film featuring Aran islanders from the Man of Aran cast listening to a story told by seanchaí Seáinín Tom Ó Dioráin, was the first ‘talkie’ … Continue reading

BBC Alba

Gaelic Medium Education Growing In Scotland

Some positive signs pointing towards growing stability in the numbers of Scottish (Gaelic) speakers in Scotland. Despite the decline caused by centuries of political, social and cultural exclusion – in particular since the 1800s –  communities are remerging in urban regions like Edinburgh and Glasgow. From the Scotsman newspaper: “THE growth of Gaelic education throughout … Continue reading

Volunteers of the Irish Republican Army move through Grafton Street, the Battle of Dublin, 1922

The IRA memorial in Ballsbridge

Originally posted on Come here to me!:
Front view of the Ballsbridge IRA memorial. Credit – Sam (CHTM!) A stones throw away from a US Embassy is an odd location for a memorial to a revolutionary guerrilla army. But this is the case for the plaque and celtic cross at the corner of Herbert Park…

The Gaelic Chieftain, Maurice Harron

CLG Versus GAA?

Dónal McAnallen is a passionate and well regarded Irish rights activist, sports historian and writer so what is the source of the controversy that has blown up over the last few days in relation to his Irish language advocacy within the GAA? From a report by the Belfast Telegraph: “[GAA] President Liam O’Neill could be forced into … Continue reading

Irish, Polish, Palestinian and Vatican flags ready to be burned by British Unionists, Belfast, Ireland 2013

July 12th Parades

Originally posted on Choosing the Green – Roghnú Glas :
Everyone likes a parade. I get it. They’re all pomp and circumstance – people showing off their heritage, their music, their flags. There are parades worldwide for what seems like every single little excuse that anyone can find. Some are big, some are small, some are…

We Shall Overcome - Civil Rights In Ireland - The 1960s

A Colony Cannot Be Reformed

In case you missed it, from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations: “Press Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing… From 29 August to 11 September 2013, I undertook an official visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the invitation … Continue reading

Agóid Tobstailce @ Dáil Éireann

The Irish Government’s Anti-Irishness

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

Ras Yr Iaith 2014

Another quick post, this time to highlight the success of June’s “Ras yr Iaith”, a symbolic relay race organised by Welsh-speakers to celebrate their community and publicise their demands for greater equality in Wales. Inspired by similar events held here in Ireland, Brittany and the Basque Country (the latter for many years) one thousand runners … Continue reading

We'll have none of that Irish shite here! You're Irish! So speak English! (Íomha: An Timire)

Foreign Teanga, New Radio Documentary

A quick post to highlight an upcoming radio documentary, “Foreign Teanga”, examining the positive and negative experiences of seven non-nationals living in Ireland who have chosen to learn the Irish language in Dublin over the course of ten weeks. One major source of the negativity? The Irish themselves. “At the dinner table when they found out I was … Continue reading

Peter Robinson with an automatic assault rifle

The Unionist Caliphate In Ireland

The mainstream British Unionist parties in the north-east of Ireland, the governing DUP and out-of-office UUP, have issued a statement condemning yet another ban on the controversial annual march by the anti-Catholic Orange Order in the Ardoyne district of Belfast, and have done so in conjunction with the fundamentalist TUV, and the PUP and UPRG, … Continue reading

Sign of Albain or Scotland

Language And Politics In Scotland

The University of Edinburgh has carried out an interesting study on attitudes in Scotland towards the indigenous Scottish (Gaelic) language amongst supporters and opponents of independence. Unsurprisingly “Public Attitudes to Gaelic and the Debate about Scottish Autonomy” (PDF document) finds that in broad terms pro-sovereignty voters are more likely to have favourable views about Scottish … Continue reading

John Redmond British Army Recruitment Poster

The Real Subversives In Ireland

The twisted psyche of the ruling elites in Ireland is never plainer to see than when one of them emerges from the Big House to criticise the revolutionary stepping stones that led to the establishment of the nation-state they inhabit. And by implication the very existence of the state itself. Former Fine Gael politico and EU careerist … Continue reading

Gay Mitchell, Alvida King, Enda Kenny

Same-sex marriage referendum for early 2015

Originally posted on The Cedar Lounge Revolution:
According to Enda Kenny in the Dáil today… Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil that the Marriage Equality referendum will take place in spring 2015. He was responding to a question about the same-sex marriage referendum from Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams during Order of Business this…

Suffer the Children

Originally posted on lightandthunder:
This morning was a very disillusioning one full of debate and controversy. It began with the sickening news of one of my literary inspirations being a real life monster. It has transformed into a conversation about whether or not people can separate the person from the art – and whether or…

Tony O’Reilly, Entrepreneur Or Ideologue?

For the last three decades the national press in Ireland has been dominated by the publications of the Independent News & Media group (INM), a corporation formerly ruled by the controversial businessman Tony O’Reilly (or “Sir Anthony O’Reilly” as his newspapers were allegedly instructed to describe him following his “knighthood” by the British head of state in 2001 for … Continue reading

Kemper, Breizh (Quimper, Brittany), 2012

Entre 12000 et 15000 manifestants ont défilé pour la réunification à Nantes !

? Entre 12000 et 15000 personnes ont défilé pour la réunification de la Bretagne aujourd’hui à Nantes. Cette manifestation, organisée en trois semaines et qui s’est déroulée sous une pluie battante est un succès. Des milliers de citoyens de Loire-Atlantique et des quatre…

Fighting With Pride: Sinn Féin Launch LGBT Rights Policy

Originally posted on EILE Magazine:
L-R: Fintan Warfield, Emma Murphy, Gerry Adams TD and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin’s LGBT rights document earlier today. Sinn Féin officially launched their policy document on LGBT rights across the island of Ireland today, with party leader Gerry Adams noting that LGBT rights…

Joint footpatrol of British UDA terrorists and British Army soldiers

The Dirty Secrets Of A Dirty War Get Even Dirtier

In the “better late than never” category Britain’s Left-leaning newspaper, the Guardian, has published a special investigation by Ian Cobain into the infamous Ballymurphy Massacre of August 1971. During the course of three days rampaging British troops in an isolated Irish Nationalist enclave on the edge of West Belfast murdered ten civilians, 9 men and boys … Continue reading

An Active Service Unit of the Irish Republican Army moves through Belfast, the Volunteer in the middle holding an anti-armour “drogue grenade”, British Occupied North of Ireland, c.1980s

Catholic West Belfast 1962

Originally posted on Keeping An Eye On the Czar of Russia:
The Tuam Babies. What actually can be said? I have almost a kinda immunity to this kinda thing. Eight hundred bodies of children, seemingly buried in a septic tank between the 1920s and 1960s. It numbs me. Investigations continue. But it looks exactly like…

The Cló Gaelach Or Irish Typefaces

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

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