Bloomsday 2018

Posted on Jun 15, 2018 in Dublin | no responses

  Bloomsday, the day named after Leopold Bloom, the dapper central character in Ulysses, is being celebrated in James Joyce’s hometown of Dublin on Saturday 16th June 2018. 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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Ireland of the Skinny Dippers

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

Women gathered in the glorious Wicklow sunshine yesterday afternoon and managed to raise hundreds of thousands of euro for charity and set a new Guinness World Record for a skinny dip in the process. Over 2,500 women have stripped off and broken the world record for the largest mass skinny dip. A total of 2,505 […]

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Those rowing O’Donovan Brothers from Skibbereen

Posted on May 12, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

It is well known that Skibbereen is the biggest small town not just in West Cork but in the whole wide world, and not just because it is the home of the famous Skibbereen Eagle! Set on the River Illin in West Cork “Sweet Skibbereen” is a place tinged with tragedy and joy. It was […]

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Big Tom and his Mammy

Posted on Apr 20, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

Irish Country Music Legend “Big Tom” McBride died this week at the age of 81.  I always loved the fact that Big Tom McBride’s group was the “Mainliners” – More innocent times which his nostalgic music spoke to in the great Irish Showband tradition. Tom McBride was no musical genius but his nostalgic easy listening […]

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The Skibbereen Eagle and the Czar of Russia

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

The Skibbereen Eagle was a small paper from a very small town in West Cork, Ireland. Once it warned the Czar of Russia who ignored it. Some years later he was out of a job. The rest, as they say, is history! The legendary Skibbereen Eagle newspaper was founded in 1857 in the small town […]

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The Real St. Patrick

Posted on Mar 17, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

On Saturday March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe will observe 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. And today at Twickenham in the […]

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More Irish than the Irish themselves

Posted on Feb 18, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

Edward III had a problem in 1366, English power and influence in Ireland and the reach of the Crown was being eroded by the Anglo-Norman aristocracy and officials becoming “More Irish than the Irish themselves” in the words of a chronicler. This was the description applied to the Anglo- Norman Lords who controlled English occupied […]

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Dublin’s Saint Valentine

Posted on Feb 14, 2018 in Dublin | no responses

  As we approach the annual soppy snogfest of St. Valentine’s Day you might be surprised to hear that Saint Valentine is yet another romantic Dubliner! There have been many famous Dubliner’s but as we approach St. Valentine’s Day you may be surprised to hear the good saint is among the illustrious group! The saint […]

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West Cork’s singing Ambassadors

Posted on Feb 6, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

WEST Cork Choral Singers performed in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall in January as part of a ‘choir of distinction.’ The choir – which features between 40 and 50 men and women from the locality, as well as eight different nationalities who have made West Cork their home – joined choirs from 14 other countries […]

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Ann Lovett’s Death in Granard

Posted on Jan 31, 2018 in Ireland | one comment

Remembering today Ann Lovett, the 15 year old who died while giving birth to her son in the Granard Town grotto on this day 34 years ago. This tragedy embodies what a cold, cruel place Ireland was for single mothers and women who faced crisis pregnancies in the 1980s. No flowers are laid at the […]

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The Eagle On London

Happy Birthday Karl Marx

Posted on May 5, 2018 in latest | no responses

Millicent Fawcett

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in latest | no responses

Labour anti-Semitism – the morning after

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in latest | no responses

Jeremy’s Jewish Question

Posted on Mar 26, 2018 in latest | one comment

The Eagle on Ireland

The Poppy stands for Peace

Posted on Nov 11, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

Skibbereen’s Champions of the World

Posted on Sep 15, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

Arise ye Citizens of Ireland!

Posted on Sep 10, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

Wish you were here at Heuston Station

Posted on Sep 9, 2018 in Dublin | no responses