Síle Na gCrann

Síle na gCrann, Binn Éadair, Fine Gall, Cúige Laighean, Éire

Remarkable the things one can find in nature when one is out an’ about. However, can anyone else see it? An organic Síle na gCrann? Or should that be Síle an Chrainn? Quite possibly it is just my artistic eye tracing patterns that are not there. In any case, more on the familiar man-made Síle na gCíoch here, not to … Continue reading

Slut-Shaming Irish-Speakers

Je Suis Gael

The so-called “politicised nature” of the Irish language is one of the rhetorical weapons brandished by English language diatribists in Ireland every time our indigenous tongue achieves some modicum of success in growth or societal acceptance. It is a well-bloodied hammer used to bludgeon Irish-speaking communities with a familiar message: Gaels know thy place! With language equality making the headlines both nationally and regionally the grey-haired war nags of … Continue reading

Decolonization Begins With One Word

Ireland in chains

From Vice Magazine, the campaign by Native Australian communities to reassert their cultural, linguistic and territorial rights: “On February 9, members of the National Freedom Movement gathered on the lawns at Parliament House in Canberra to present the Australian minister for Indigenous affairs, Nigel Scullion, with the Aboriginal Sovereign Manifesto of Demands. This document calls … Continue reading

Coalition Loyalists Are Rewarded While Protesters Are Imprisoned

Armed and armoured officers of a Regional Support Unit in the Garda Síochána

In the first half of 2011 Enda Kenny’s self-proclaimed “democratic revolution” brought his centre-right Fine Gael party to power in Ireland, supported by the nominally centre-left Labour Party. Despite claims that the new administration would break the decades old practice of cronyism, nepotism and party-largesse that characterized Irish political parties in government since the 1960s … Continue reading

Unleash The Dogs Of Policing

An officer of the Garda Public Order Unit or riot squad, An Garda Síochána, Ireland

Is it safe to comment on political matters in contemporary Ireland if one lacks the fig-leaf protection that comes with membership of our supine media cartels? If one takes a critical line on the current Fine Oibre administration does that make one a political dissident? Will the “dogs of policing” be dispatched if one crosses … Continue reading

Respecting The Dead And The Living

Volunteers of the Irish Republican Army in surplus US Army combat uniforms, one armed with an American-supplied M16 assault rifle, Occupied North of Ireland, 1970s

The Battle of the Short Strand is widely regarded as one of the seminal events in the long history of the 1966-2005 conflict in the north-east of Ireland. Over the course of the 27th and 28th of June 1970 several ill-armed Volunteers of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army defended the isolated Irish Nationalist enclave of the … Continue reading

Kincora Boys Home, The Scandal Britain Can’t Bury

A terrified Irish boy is interrogated by soldiers of the British Army's Gloucestershire Regiment, West Belfast, Ireland, March 1972

The Kincora Boys’ Home scandal represents one of the darker aspects of Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland during the late 1960s, ‘70s and early 1980s. During this period British political, military and ethno-religious interests converged around a ritualistic paedophile grouping in the city of Belfast, one that exploited young children for the benefit of locally based or … Continue reading

Old Gods In New Settings

Tuatha De Danann - Carn T, Cairn Loch Craobh, Sliabh na Cailli, Loch Craobh, An Mhi, Cúige Laighean, Eire

Here’s an article from Vice magazine on the Ásatrúarfélagið movement in Iceland that I meant to highlight a few weeks ago. I found myself agreeing with quite a few of the opinions given by the interviewees, unsurprisingly perhaps given my brief look at the Creideamh Sí tradition of Ireland, Scotland and Mann, a similar cultural rather than religious … Continue reading

Leo Dowling 08.01.1923

A British-supplied armoured car of the Irish National Army (Free State Army) on O'Connell Street, the Battle of Dublin, 1922

The background to the execution by firing squad of Leo Dowling, carried out by the Irish Free State regime in January 1923.

Celtic Cosmology, Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland

Cairn Loch Craobh Sliabh na Cailli Loch Craobh An Mhi Eire

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

All-Ireland Majority Support For Irish Language State Services

Scary Eire

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

It Seems That Bigotry Unites As Well As Divides

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

  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

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

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