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 name “Irish Republican Army” or “IRA“ by conducting a simple internet search through Google News to highlight some of the first occurrences of the title. To the surprise of quite a few of my readers many of the earliest reports were found in publications dating from the … Continue reading

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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

Creationist Lunatics Put In Charge Of The Stormont Asylum

The British Occupied North of Ireland

  Ach, you couldn’t make this excrement up, you really couldn’t. From a report by the British Guardian newspaper on the cabinet reshuffle in the dysfunctional regional government at Stormont: “Northern Ireland’s new health minister is a Democratic Unionist party assembly member who believes that women made pregnant through rape should not be allowed an … Continue reading

Promises Broken Are Votes Negated

British-state militias in Ireland the UDR or RIR and the RUC

  Sixteen years after the signing of the Belfast Agreement, thirteen years after the “reform” of policing, seven years after Sinn Féin took the office of deputy first minister and here we are in 2014 with the revelation that former members of the infamous Royal Ulster Constabulary are being employed by the British state to … Continue reading

Bend Over And Spread Your Cheeks

Enda Kenny, the great leader of the Irish nation

Not only does Irish Water want to fuck you up the ass, they want to tell others that they have fucked you up the ass just in case they too would be interested in fucking you up the ass while making you pay for the privilege of being fucked up the ass. However unwillingly! From Gene Kerrigan in the Irish … Continue reading

Woe To The Vanquished

Saor Albain - Saor Alba - Free Scotland

Well I’ve waited half the morning to write this post and I’m still unsure of what to say. The feeling of sadness is genuinely overwhelming if only because I have so many Scottish friends and correspondents whose emotional investment in seeing true self-governance and sovereignty for their ancient nation has consumed so much of the last … Continue reading

#VoteYes Dominates Scottish And Irish Twitterspheres

An Idirlíon

From Trends Map an incredible graphic displaying early morning tweets supporting the “Yes” and “No” sides in the Scottish referendum. Note the pulsating levels of support from Ireland for an independent Scotland. Fascinating when one considers the age demographic of most Twitter users in both nations. Talk about Gaelic solidarity!

Scotland Arise

Séamas Ó Conghaile, 5ú Meitheamh 1868, Dún Éideann, Albain - 12ú Bealtaine 1916, Baile Átha Cliath, Éire

James Connolly, son of Edinburgh and Dublin, with a message at the end of the 19th century for the land of his forebears that is just as relevant at the start of the 21st century for the land of his birth : “The great appear great to us only because we are on our knees. Let … Continue reading

Tweeting For #VoteYes In The #IndyRef #Scotland

Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond adresses independence rally, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2012 (Photo: Wings Over Scotland)

Some recent tweets by @ansionnachfionn on the #IndyRef #BritNats so desperate they referencing #DadsArmy in #IndyRef so #VoteYes for #Scottish FUTURE not #British PAST http://t.co/ljdPnLcr3v — An Sionnach Fionn (@AnSionnachFionn) September 17, 2014 If #UK is a “family” of nations #Ireland was the kidnapped girl chained in the basement! We escaped + so can #Scotland … Continue reading

The Common Struggle

Labhair Gaeilge

Just time to highlight three articles that deserve your attention. The first is “10 Reasons Why Irish Is An Absolutely Awesome Language” from the Czech software engineer Michal Boleslav Měchura of the blogs “Young, Single, Multilingual” and “An Cainteoir Dóchais”. My favourite on the list is also the first: “1. Irish has no words for yes and no  … Continue reading

The Embarrassment Of Being Irish

The BBC can do Irish but RTÉ can't

So after eighteen years of an online presence our self-proclaimed “national public service broadcaster”, RTÉ, has finally got around to providing a web-based Irish language news site (though you might have to search through the RTÉ homepage to find it). I suppose one should welcome the move as a sign of more demand driving more … Continue reading

Joan Burton, Minister For Amnesia

The-All-Ireland-Percentage-Vote-For-The-European-Parliament-2014

Joan Burton, the unapologetic “minister for austerity” and now Labour Party leader on the (unlikely) possibility of Sinn Féin being elected to government in 2016, via TheJournal: ““In my view if people were to give control of the economy to Sinn Féin then they might as well hand the keys of the country back to … Continue reading

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