Lá Fhéile Bríde shona daoibh, a chairde. It is the great Irish and Gaelic spring-festival of Iombolg or Lá ‘le Bríde and the days are getting slightly longer (if also wetter). It started at sunset yesterday and will finish at sunset tonight so enjoy.


Imbolc shona daoibh

Tá an geimreadh ag iompar an samhradh

Lá Fhéile Bríde/Là Fhèill Brìghde/ Laa’l Breeshey Shona daoibh

Tine BhrídeBain taitneamh as an lá.

Téigh go tobar naofa ag breacadh an lae is ól uisce ann,

déan Brídeóg sa bhaile is téigh ó theach go teach léi ag bailiú bia is rudaí eile le cuir uirthi,

las tine ‘s abair filíocht is ceol, bí ag ithe is ag ól…

San oíche déan leaba luachra dár nDia Torthúlachta is glaoigh amach di

A Bhríd, a Bhríd, tar a slí is gabh do leaba X 3

Tabhair meas speisíalta do na mná an lá seo. Is leo an Fhéile seo.

Cill Aodáin le Antoine Ó Raifteirí 1779–1835

Anois teacht an earraigh

beidh an lá ag dul chun síneadh,
Is tar éis na féil’ Bríde
ardóidh mé mo sheol.

Ó chuir mé i mo cheann é

ní chónóidh me choíche

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19 comments on “186. Imbolc

  1. an lorcánach

    if only we could actually celebrate Imbolc, sionnach: european federalist consensus equates cultural determinism with racism

    ‘In a rare false note Moynihan questions in another chapter why Des Bishop’s embrace of the Irish language does not highlight the “historical baggage – of nationalism and separatism some would say borders on xenophobia – it brings with it”, but there is no reason why Irish speakers should be any more xenophobic than speakers of other languages’ – Luke Gibbons in review of ‘Other People’s Diasporas : Negotiating Race in Contemporary Irish and Irish-american Culture’ (2013) by Sinéad Moynihan


    “Europe needs more migrant workers and entrepreneurs and needs to welcome people of different faiths and world views. Europe needs to deal with its own crises – crises which are historically inevitable – without closing in on itself” – Gerard Quinn, NUIG


    “I think, if you look at opinion polls, it is likely that the results will be uncomfortable for the mainstream European thinking and political parties […] We already see in some parts of the union that the debate is taking on a very nasty, populist and even xenophobic flavour” – Catherine Day



    • On Sinéad Moynihan’s book the attitudes detected by the reviewer are the very reasons why Irish-speakers need to tackle intolerant English-speakers on their own ideological terrain, using their own rhetorical weapons against them. Minority rights, indigenous rights, multiculturalism, etc. It is a war that is there to be won.


  2. @an lorcánach – are you suggesting that something akin to the 16th/17thC ‘Plantations’ in Ireland are being foisted upon us again and that objectors are being derided as bigots?


    • an lorcánach

      Atlantean Perspective: thanks very much for that — i don’t pretend to be any expert but as i’ve said before, even just in the context of one hundred years on from the Irish revolution, life-long neo-liberal ideologues and anti-republican gaelophobes such as Peter Sutherland above have succeeded in supplanting one Unionism with another by insisting that dissenters of EU federalism are ignorant (Fiscal Treaty) and racist (Nice Treaty) – does this include David Cameron too? — there’s a great programme (among many others on the bbc) where hardly a day goes by when ‘europe’ and ‘immigration’ (interchangeable subjects) aren’t discussed


      there’s no chance of that happening here!



    • John Mitchel

      Diane Abbot MP: Accusation of New Labour’s 1997-2010 immigration policy as ‘open borders’ is a myth (and racist!)




      • What really concerns me is the tendency to deride ethnic-nationalist political ideas (i.e. – the aspirations based upon the precious histories, languages and cultures of indigenous peoples) as ‘racist’ or ‘right wing’ or ‘intolerant’. This is insane! These are beautiful institutions developed over thousands of years that are now being derided and corrupted by neologisms of the last 100 years. Such ideas seem to be promoted by peoples who have no understanding of or ties to the precious relationship that indigenous peoples of Europe have to their own ancestral lands .


        • an lorcánach

          right you are, atlantean – for too long with recent generations, there’s been too many in this state who are afraid to speak out in fear of causing ‘offence’!

          where’s there a will, there’s hope!


      • Sinéad Rohan

        Can’t find that post, John, must be gone and lost mine tonight! Here’s that book I mentioned about:



    • Sinéad Rohan

      Atlantean: An Lorcánach is too polite (and John Mitchel too much of a reactionary though p*ssed that Sionnach may have cropped a post below) but YES, the Irish state IS an experiment in EU sponsored neo-liberalism and – part-and-parcel of that ideology is – a federal-wide open border


      If you look at the perceived failings of multi-culturalism on the continent (whatever the arguments are), the truth is Portugal, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium all had colonies and what goes around comes around. I admit that Irish-born colonial civil servants, soldiers and others played a rôle in colonial expansion and later in the Catholic missions and this is problematic.

      Either way, recently the Irish job’s market was relatively small and opportunities for Irish citizens falling on hard-times to apply for entry-level jobs up until the early 2000s were reasonable: that’s gone, that’s over, and the Irish resident unemployed are competing within a federal (not national) job’s market

      As for population change, rapid change in Irish history has consequences in the northern six-county protectorate we all know about and as for what will happen in the next few years should we be afraid to ask?!

      “The 2006 census put the number of Muslim living in Ireland under 33,000, but most observers agree the true figure is over 40,000”
      February 13, 2011

      “There were 49,204 Muslims in Ireland in April 2011, a sharp rise on five years previously. Ireland’s Muslim population included 8,322 primary school aged children and 3,582 of secondary school age. Since 1991, the number of Muslims increased from just 0.1 to 1.1 per cent of the total population”
      October 18, 2012

      “Islam to become Ireland’s second religion by 2043”
      December 30, 2013

      * * *

      “Study finds 26 Irish people have fought in Syria”
      April 4, 2013

      “Jaman’s family admit he did spend hours online, but they deny he was brainwashed. In fact, they say he made an informed decision to help the oppressed. It is an argument that some in the commuuity will have sympathy with and presents a huge challenge for the security services”
      February 5, 2014


      • Hi Sinéad, which post are you referring to as “cropped”? As far as I remember I did delete a link from one recent Comment. It linked to a news report on criminal activity by an immigrant that I thought was somewhat egregious in terms of the points being made. While having concerns about mass immigration for some of the socio-economic and cultural reasons you outline, given the importance of social cohesion for the well-being of the citizenry as a whole, I am opposed to the populist stereotyping of immigrant communities. Apologies if you or anyone else saw anything more in the editorial hand than that. It is a light touch 😉


        • Sinéad Rohan

          Thanks, Sionnach but that was John Mitchel annoyed at having message cut: as you need to confirm postings before uploading, it would have been fairer not to have entire post visible with standard Guardian-style note breaching rules made known previously. Either way I’m disappointed but had my suspicions unfortunately – not to worry, Sionnach.


          • Sinéad, I only wish I had a Guardian-style staff! 😉 I very rarely edit Comments and those that I do are usually so egregious as to be deleted in their entirety. The Comment was fair enough in terms of the points being made but the link to a news report on criminal activity by a lone immigrant was of little relevance. If anything it took away from the general thrust of the Comment. Normally I would allow it and make some comment of my own but time did not permit.

            Again, the rule of the house is anything goes as far as Comments (if you look through some recent ones you’ll find everything from conspiracy theories about the Masons to stuff about the Irish and their alleged racial inferiority) but I do not always get the time to tackle opinions directly.

            As always I am quite open to submissions from readers and others for ideas, post or articles. In fact I welcome them and wish there were more 😉


            • Sinéad Rohan

              In the absence of debate, Sionnach, racism will thrive but you really should have written something. You were right in that instance to remove it but not going about it the way you did.

              Either way it seems you’re cutting off the hand that feeds this webpage: the Republican partisan reader. It would have taken a minute to replace post with a standardised text.

              From a Facebook posting of the Irish Times/Independent article:
              “Orla Cahill: Hopefully he gets expelled from DCU. (I was a student in DCU and during my time there the college had so many overhead projectors stolen…they had to be caged into the ceiling…who knows what else went missing)”

              Today, before 9am on RTÉ Radio 1, three minutes was given to yesterday’s Swiss referendum result. It’s no surprising that there is a ‘perception’ (among the general population) about the media’s and the wider societal gagging of debate on immigration. After all, questioning European Unionism is defined as xenophobia by globalisation-proselytizers such as John Bruton et al.

              Expect an increasingly angry, educated underclass of unemployed migrant families – two decades on from 2004’s citizenship referendum – proclaiming, among other things, compulsory Irish as discriminatory in all public schools and government offices.


              • Fair points and certainly something to consider for the future. It’s a learning process and all feedback is welcome. The coin a phrase, the early days of a better blog… 😉

                At the moment though I’m exhausted after a weekend of overtime. Seven days non-stop and one day off before another six. Do you think I could get a JobBridge apprentice? 😉


              • Sinéad Rohan

                Thanks very much Sionnach: I know a few recently unemployed who’d jump at the chance of a genuine work experience placement – competition is really fierce. Considering you’re doing overtime you’ll want to be careful that the employer isn’t taking advantage of you!


              • Oh they are, and with the ever-present (if real) threat of redundacy in the background. But such is the IT industry in these recessionary times. Making hay while the sun shines 😉


  3. an lorcánach

    scary thing is that in the absence of immigration debate we have to wait for hot air from the uk – only after election pressures in england has the labour party started talking about “race to the bottom” in context of low-wage competition for jobs – i wonder how uk will react to open land border with eu in ireland after 2017?


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