Longford Lecture 2007 – Mary McAleese
I walked across Dean’s Yard behind Westminster Abbey on a frosty and dark London Friday evening (November 23, 2007) with some anticipation to attend the annual “Longford Lecture” being delivered this year by the President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese, on the theme of “Changing History”. As I walked through the splendid surroundings I did […]
Towards the Somme – a personal Journey.
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 the […]
First Women MP
Emily Dugan’s “Men Only, you must be joking” article today (16/10/2007) in the U.K. Independent Newspaper repeats the common error of referring to Nancy Astor as the “First female member of parliament.” This distinction actually belongs to Constance Gore-Booth, The Countess Markiewicz , who in the December 1918 general election, was elected for the constituency […]
A Gaelic Irish Joke
A Paddy walking through a field sees a man drinking water from a pool with his hand. The Paddy shouts “Na ol an t-uisce, ta sé lan de chac bo” (Don’t drink the water, it’s full of cowshit.) The man shouts back “I’m English, speak English, I don’t understand you”. The Paddy shouts back “Use […]
Bob Geldof and Me.
Dublin in the 70’s was a dreary spot. Ireland was in the grip of the old certainties and the thought control mechanisms were still in place. I found myself studying architecture at Bolton Street College of Technology. Here, there were a number of third level courses (Architecture, Surveying, Engineering and Geo-surveying) grafted onto what was […]
Dublin’s Fair City
Halpenny Bridge DC’s Hibernian Adventure! Cead mile failte go dti Bhaile Atha Cliath, priomh cathairach na hEireann. Welcome to Dublin, the capital of Ireland, and the hometown of many famous writers and others! A special place, the Augustan capital of a Gaelic Ireland or a ravenous sow which devours its young depending on the literary […]
Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Radio Room Boeing B314 flying boat replica If you are heading to Adare in C. Limerick it is worth taking in a trip to Foynes on the Shannon Estuary to the Flying Boat Museum which is housed in the restored terminal building of the Trans Atlantic Flying Boat service which connected this sleepy port town […]
Tayto – the proper Irish Stuff
Rarely can there be a group as worthy of support as this (The Tayto appreciation society on Facebook) – I had to join as in an increasingly transient world the continuity and happiness provided by Tayto is important! My life and Tayto have crossed on two occasions, both in a previous life as a VAT […]