Space 1999

Star Wars Versus Star Trek Epic Trailer

I’m not a huge fan of either “franchise”, however would I watch this? Damn sure I would! ;-)

Cairn Loch Craobh Sliabh na Cailli Loch Craobh An Mhi Eire

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 such matters in the 1980s and early ‘90s, coupled with tentative suggestions about the composition of native Irish or Welsh beliefs in the composition of the … Continue reading

Scary Eire

All-Ireland Majority Support For Irish Language State Services

A new all-Ireland poll has found that majorities both nationally and regionally support the provision of public services in the Irish language. From the Irish Examiner: “A survey of over 1,000 adults over the age of 15 in the Republic and over 1,000 adults over 16 in the north conducted on behalf of Conradh na … Continue reading

25,000 take to the streets of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, to protest discrimination against the Galician language by the Spanish state

25000 Protest Galician Language Rights

A short post to note last Sunday’s demonstration in Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the Iberian region of Galicia, which drew 25,000 people in support of the Galician language. In recent years the Romance tongue has seen a dramatic reduction in the number of native speakers with only 31% of the population conversing solely … Continue reading

British unionist and nationalist supporters holding anti-independence signs giving Nazi salutes in Glasgow, Scotland

It Seems That Bigotry Unites As Well As Divides

  Continuing with the controversies that have arisen in the eastern Scottish region of Fife where British nationalist politicians from the main Unionist parties have sought to impede the provision of bilingual services to citizens who speak the indigenous Scottish (Gaelic) language we have this frustrated reaction from two local doctors, featured in the Courier newspaper: “NHS Fife could lose two much-needed consultants … Continue reading

Dearg Le Fearg

Putting The Irish Language Down

  For the last three years I have argued that when it comes to the linguistic and cultural rights of the Irish-speaking minority on this island nation the present Fine Gael-Labour coalition is one of the most antipathetic governments to have taken power since the achievement of independence in the 1920s. Few other administrations have displayed such open contempt for what is still the national … Continue reading

Labhair Gaeilge

The Walking Gaels, Not So Dead After All

  The anglophone supremacists who influence so much of Ireland’s ideologically incestuous news media insist that Irish is a “dead language”. No one, they confidently assert, speaks, reads or writes in the indigenous speech of this island nation (or if they do so, it is simply out of an attachment to some sort of linguistic revanchism. Which leaves one wondering if such men and women are living, dead, or somewhere … Continue reading

Albain (Scotland)

The English Empire Strikes Back In Scotland

Following on from yesterday’s post examining press reports that Dundee City Council had agreed to reverse efforts to place the English and Scottish (Gaelic) languages on an equal footing in Scotland’s fourth largest city through the provision of bilingual services and public signage comes this news from the council area of Fife. Politicians from the main British nationalist … Continue reading

Saor Alba - Free Scotland

The United Languages Of Europe

Contrast and compare these stories from Scotland on the Scottish (Gaelic) language. First up, from the Courier: “Ambitious plans to promote Gaelic in Dundee have been significantly scaled back. Council chiefs have been forced to slash key elements of the proposals after opponents questioned the city’s links with the language and the potential costs involved. … Continue reading

The British Occupied North of Ireland

Partition Is Wrong In Ukraine But Right In Ireland?

  Apparently ethno-religious separatists carving off regions of clearly defined national territories through violence and the threat of violence, with the partition of those territories, the forced movement or repression of communities opposed to the separatists, and ultimately perhaps the retention or annexation of the breakaway zones by those foreign powers who actively encouraged the … Continue reading

American soldiers prepare to storm a building in Iraq

The United States’ Perpetual Groundhog Day

The team at Tom’s Dispatch have done another excellent job of highlighting the seemingly perpetual nature of the United States’ military misadventures in the Middle East, a variation on Einstein’s famous (if apocryphal) quote: One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting a different result. “It was August 2, 1990, and Saddam Hussein, … Continue reading

Members of the Fianna Éireann, an Irish Republican scouting movement, unload sea-borne weapons which would go on to arm the Irish Revolution, Howth, Ireland, July 26th 1914

Belfast’s Fianna Éireann During The Irish Revolution

  Due to the baleful influence of the Neo-Unionist lobby in the Dublin press corps since the 1970s popular culture in Ireland has tended to overlook the truly national character of the War of Independence. The volunteer-soldiers of the Irish Republican Army who sought to liberate our island nation in the first half of the 20th century … Continue reading

  • blog awards ireland Nominated 2013: Best Politics, Personal Blog Categories; Best Blog Post
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    Nominated 2014: Best News, Current Affairs, Politics, Mobile Blog Categories; Best Blog Post

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