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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Bologna La Grassa

Posted on Feb 18, 2018 in latest | no responses

We have just come back from a very good value package in this fascinating city. It may not be as high profile as other Italian cities, but Bologna rivals most for culture and cuisine. Bologna’s nicknames neatly sum it up: “La Grassa” (The Fat – that rich cuisine), “La Rossa” (The Red – for its […]

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Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog

Posted on Feb 17, 2018 in latest | no responses

  Happy Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Dog, the 11th sign of the Chinese Zodiac. The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue […]

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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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Sunday Bloody Sunday

Posted on Jan 30, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

THE Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972 is remembered as one of the darkest and bloodiest events of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Today 30th January 2018 is the 46th Anniversary of the murder of Irish Civil Rights protesters by the British Army, determined in the mindset and brutal tradition of Colonial armies to teach the Irish protestors […]

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William Butler Yeats Remembered

Posted on Jan 28, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

  On this day 79 years ago, William Butler Yeats died in the Hôtel Idéal Séjour, Menton, France. His epitaph: Cast a cold Eye On Life, on Death. Horseman, pass by! One of the “advantages” of being a native Dubliner is that you hail from the city which gave the world the largest number of […]

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Don’t mention the Zulu Wars on The Tube

Posted on Jan 23, 2018 in Britain | no responses

Transport for London workers were accused of “celebrating colonialism” on a Tube station notice board in footage shared by singer Lily Allen. The message, posted on one of TfL’s service information boards in north-east London, detailed the British and colonial troops’ defence of Rorke’s Drift in South Africa in 1879.  The LDN singer, 32, shared […]

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The murmurations of West Cork

Posted on Jan 15, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

The moment hundreds of starlings gathered together to perform a spectacular murmuration has been caught on camera. Grouping together to form different shapes, the birds could be seen flying over their roosting site before suddenly swooping to the ground for the night. Birdwatch Ireland West Cork Branch captured this incredible footage in Timoleague, Co Cork […]

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The Eagle On London

Happy 155th Birthday to The Tube

Posted on Jan 10, 2018 in latest | no responses

No Pants Day 2018 on The Tube

Posted on Jan 9, 2018 in latest | no responses

Black Mirror takes over Old Street Tube

Posted on Jan 3, 2018 in latest | no responses

Meghan Markle Sparkle

Posted on Dec 3, 2017 in latest | no responses

The Eagle on Ireland

Dublin’s Saint Valentine

Posted on Feb 14, 2018 in Dublin | no responses

West Cork’s singing Ambassadors

Posted on Feb 6, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

Ann Lovett’s Death in Granard

Posted on Jan 31, 2018 in Ireland | one comment

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Posted on Jan 30, 2018 in Ireland | no responses