The Wren, the Wren!

Posted on Dec 26, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Wren, the Wren!

Lá an Dreolín atá ann in Éireann inniú – Today is St Stephen’s Day in Ireland, when the Wren Boys will be out honouring the ‘King of all Birds’. The tradition consists of “hunting” a fake wren and putting it on top of a decorated pole. Then the crowds of mummers, or strawboys, celebrate the […]

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In Darkest Midwinter

Posted on Dec 22, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on In Darkest Midwinter

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. The day – this year on Sunday 22nd December – marks the shortest day of before the days slowly begin to draw out again. It occurs because this is when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the Sun […]

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The murder of Canon Magner

Posted on Dec 15, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The murder of Canon Magner

On This Day in 1920 Rev. Canon Thomas Magner PP of Dunmanway, West Cork was shot dead by a British Auxiliary called Hart for not tolling his church bells on Armistice Day. Hart was found guilty of murder but declared insane at the time of the shooting. By 1923 he was free and he went […]

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The Boys of Kilmichael

Posted on Nov 28, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Boys of Kilmichael

Today is the 99th Anniversary of the ambush against British Army “Auxiliaries” from Macroom at Kilmichael near Dunmanway in West Cork. One week after Bloody Sunday in 1920 when the British Army and RIC murdered 14 innocent people attending a football match, the IRA responded by carrying out an ambush at Kilmichael on the 22nd […]

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Posted on Nov 22, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on John Fitzgerald Kennedy

  John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated 56 years ago today while travelling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible on the 22nd November 1963. Nowhere was the sense of shock at his assassination felt more deeply than in Ireland. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, America’s first Irish-Catholic president, was a […]

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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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The Eagle On London

Tube Tunes

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Schools to Prison on the Tube

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Happy Birthday Karl Marx

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Millicent Fawcett

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The Eagle on Ireland

In Darkest Midwinter

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The murder of Canon Magner

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The Boys of Kilmichael

Posted on Nov 28, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Boys of Kilmichael

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Posted on Nov 22, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on John Fitzgerald Kennedy