A Journey Towards the Somme

Posted on Nov 10, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on A Journey Towards the Somme

  Armistice Day and the wearing of the poppy have always created difficulty for Irish people, a difficulty which echoes the cathartic schism which occurred in Ireland from 1914 to 1918, the years of the “Great War.” On August 4th, 1914 England declared war on Germany and so began the conflict which became known as […]

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The Gaybo Years

Posted on Nov 4, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Gaybo Years

We won’t see his like again is a well worn cliché but it is true in Ireland today when we think of the broadcaster everybody knew as Gaybo who both documented and precipitated much needed change in Ireland. As Stephen Fry observed ” He was a wonderful wonderful man. We British have never really had […]

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Halloween: A Great Irish Pagan Party, Ted!

Posted on Oct 31, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on Halloween: A Great Irish Pagan Party, Ted!

  As millions of children and adults participate in the fun of Halloween on the night of October 31st, few will be aware of its ancient Celtic roots in the Samhain (Samain) festival. In Celtic Ireland about 2,000 years ago, Samhain was the division of the year between the lighter half (summer) and the darker […]

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Air India 182

Posted on Jun 23, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on Air India 182

Thirty four years ago an Air India plane was blown apart by a bomb just off the Irish coast of West Cork, as it flew from Toronto to Delhi via Montreal and London. All 329 on board died, making it the most deadly bomb attack ever on an airliner. For relatives – mostly Canadians of […]

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The Longest Day

Posted on Jun 21, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Longest Day

  Midsummer 2019 is this Friday and is marked with a series of traditions and customs that can be traced back thousands of years. Astronomically, midsummer is the day of the summer solstice, or longest day, which usually falls on June 20 or 21 as it does this year but June 24 is the traditional […]

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Bloomsday 2019

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in Dublin | Comments Off on Bloomsday 2019

  Bloomsday, the day named after Leopold Bloom, the dapper central character in Ulysses, is being celebrated in James Joyce’s hometown of Dublin on Sunday 16th June 2019. That is the day in which Bloom took his meandering stroll through Dublin city in the literary classic, which is set on one day, June 16, 1904. […]

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My Old Man

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in Dublin | Comments Off on My Old Man

Happy Father’s day to My Old Man, Bernard Caldwell. He was a refugee at the age of 10 from the Blitz in Coventry in November 1940 when his family home and business were destroyed and over a thousand lives lost in one night. He spent the war in poverty in Tipperary Town in a cottage […]

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An Irish song for May Day!

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on An Irish song for May Day!

  On this May Day let us remember the contribution of the Revolting Irish and that the anthem of the International Labour Movement “The Red Flag” is really green! Indeed it was the Red and Green flags used in railway operations which inspired Irishman Jim Connell to pen “The Red Flag”, the anthem of the international […]

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The real Saint Patrick

Posted on Mar 17, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The real Saint Patrick

Today Sunday March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observed St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green. But aside from drinking a lot of […]

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Irish Consent

Posted on Nov 15, 2018 in Ireland | Comments Off on Irish Consent

A series of protests over sexual consent have been taking place in Ireland, a week after a man was acquitted of raping a 17-year-old in Cork. In the trial, the defence lawyer told the jury: “You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” The […]

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The Eagle On London

Tube Tunes

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 in latest | Comments Off on Tube Tunes

Schools to Prison on the Tube

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in latest | Comments Off on Schools to Prison on the Tube

Happy Birthday Karl Marx

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Millicent Fawcett

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The Eagle on Ireland

The Gaybo Years

Posted on Nov 4, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Gaybo Years

Halloween: A Great Irish Pagan Party, Ted!

Posted on Oct 31, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on Halloween: A Great Irish Pagan Party, Ted!

Air India 182

Posted on Jun 23, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on Air India 182

The Longest Day

Posted on Jun 21, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Longest Day