An Sionnach Fionn, “The White Fox”, was set up on the first of May 2011 as a personal blog where I hoped to express my various interests online. I intended it to record my years of study into Irish and Celtic literature, mythology and folklore. My interlinked passions for history, archaeology, architecture, art, photography, technology, (fast) cars, Science-Fiction, Fantasy Fiction and other aspects of Geek Chic culture were going to fill its posts and pages (did I mention Steampunk?).
That at least was the plan.
However my first proper post on the 15th of May 2011 was devoted to another passion – politics. The old Phoenix Flame simply burned too bright to be ignored. And that pretty much was that. 760 posts, 123 Pages, 1877 Comments, 627 Followers, 4130 Shares, 270,000 views and two years later the politics still dominates.
So a big thank you to everyone who visits, comments, emails, messages, links and shares. I am equally grateful to the old friends and acquaintances who followed me here and the many new friends and acquaintances I have made since. My modest success would never have occurred without you.
And just to clear up a mystery. The title An Sionnach Fionn comes from two sources. One is my Medieval ancestor Tadhgh an Sionnach Fionn Ó Catharnaigh, king of Teathbha of the Cinéal Mhaine of the Uí Néill Theas : the original An Sionnach Fionn. The other is from my childhood hero Fionn mac Cumhaill and the Fianníocht or stories of the Fenian Cycle. Indeed, I am perhaps ideologically more of a Fenian (in the oldest sense of the word) than a Republican. Perhaps a Gaelic Republican?