Samhain Shona Daoibh

Samhain - Feis Shamhna

The sun has set, the bonfires are being lit, and the Feis Shamhna is upon us: the nocturnal festival of Samhain marking the commencement of the new year in the Celtic calendars of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. This ancient celebration was partly assimilated by the Christian religions in the Medieval period as All Saints’ Day or All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween) and has been revived in recent … Continue reading

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The Irish Famine Of 1925

The buildings of the Four Courts devastated by the British-supplied artillery used by the Irish National Army (Free State Army), the Battle of Dublin, 1922

These are the people, the right-wing Nationalist forces, that initiated and won the counter-revolutionary civil war of 1921-23 and this is the conservative Irish Free State they replaced the liberal Irish Republic with. From an article by Fin Dwyer of the excellent Irish History Podcast: “In the early 1920s Ireland was in a ruinous state. … Continue reading

That Fake Letter From Gerry Adams

The fake 1994 Gerry Adam's letter posted online by anti-republican activists alongside the original version

A quick piece on the ongoing Maíria Cahill controversy, in particular the sudden reactivation of a number of anonymous anti-republican blogs which are now collating and reposting press stories on the case, notably the Irish Observer, Dissident Watch and Father Murphy-Dissident Media Watch. On the 24th of October the latter website published the transcript of … Continue reading

Maíria Cahill And The Republican Network For Unity

A Republican honour guard fires a volley of shots over the coffin of Jim Gallagher, a prominent member of the Republican Network for Unity or RNU, 2010

Last Friday morning the journalist and writer Paul Larkin highlighted on Twitter some evidence that a “Mairia Cahill” from Belfast had formerly served as the chairperson of the RNU or Republican Network for Unity, a republican pressure group – and later political party – founded in 2007 by several former members of Sinn Féin in … Continue reading

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

The West’s Favoured Chop-Chop Regime

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

As the world, particularly the so-called Western world, looks on in outrage at the activities of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in the borderlands of Syria and Iraq it is worth taking a moment to examine in detail the circumstances of the spectacle of public beheadings so beloved by the extremists. I urge you to read … 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

Maíria Cahill And Micheál Martin’s Cynical Opportunism

Fianna Fáil, back from the dead ( (Photo: Séamas Ó Sionnaigh, Binn Éadair, Cúige Laighean, Éire, Meitheamh 2012)

Maíria Cahill, a member of a respected Republican family from Belfast and a former youth activist with Sinn Féin, has recently sought vindication for what she regards as unfair treatment at the hands of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army – and Sinn Féin – during the late 1990s and early 2000s. She has convincingly argued … Continue reading

Maíria Cahill And Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin

One of the rarely discussed facets of the generational war which disfigured the north-east of Ireland from the mid-1960s to the late 1990s (or early 2000s) was the widespread – if not quite common – sexual abuse or exploitation of women. Those engaged in such activities included members and supporters of all the belligerent parties … Continue reading

Tuairisc

Scary Eire

A busy weekend behind me and an even busier week ahead so I haven’t had much time to discuss Tuairisc, the newly launched Irish language current affairs website which is publicly funded by Foras na Gaeilge. It’s early days for the news service – a private company contracted for four years to the tune of … Continue reading

Over 50,000 Protest Water Taxes

Uisce Éireann Irish Water

Last Wednesday I suggested that the imposition of water charges at the behest of the IMF-EU-ECB could do for the present Fine Gael – Labour coalition in Ireland what the introduction of the “poll tax” did for the ruling Conservative Party in Britain during the 1980s and ‘90s. Sure enough that prediction seems to be … Continue reading

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    Nominated 2014: Best News, Current Affairs, Politics, Mobile Blog Categories; Best Blog Post

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