Skibbereen and The Great Hunger / An Gorta Mór

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 in Ireland | Comments Off on Skibbereen and The Great Hunger / An Gorta Mór

Ireland’s Great Famine or The Great Hunger (In Gaelic An “Gorta Mór”), as it is more commonly referred to today, ranks among the worst tragedies in the sweep of human history. Between 1845 and 1850, approximately 1.5 million Irish men, women and children died of starvation or related diseases. By 1855, more than two million […]

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Between a Rock and a dodgy place

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 in latest | Comments Off on Between a Rock and a dodgy place

We are taught and rightly expect that all are equal before the Law and the Police take an oath to apply the Law “without fear or favour.” What are we to make then of the case of one Patrick Rock, born Patrick Robert John Rock de Besombes to a family of European aristocrats? He has […]

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Wonky Wilko – service with a scowl

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 in Business | Comments Off on Wonky Wilko – service with a scowl

  Everybody knows Wilkinson’s as a good value home wares chain – indeed the store shouts out its good value with stand barkers proclaiming “Great Value” ” Great Price” and their strapline is “The home of family value.” But not for the first time in the Aylesbury branch of this chain at the weekend did […]

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Fly with an Irish Coffee!

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 in Food | Comments Off on Fly with an Irish Coffee!

It is a telling commentary on the pace of change in the modern world this year they will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of trans-Atlantic air travel in Foynes, Co. Limerick, Ireland. Ireland has a special place in this history as the “next parish” to America. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Foynes served […]

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Racing Pancakes in Olney for the 569th year

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 in Britain | Comments Off on Racing Pancakes in Olney for the 569th year

Today is Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday or as we call it in England, Tossers’ Day. Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) was the day when you traditionally cleared out your cupboards of fats and similar goodies before the privations of the Lenten fast, the 40 days leading to Easter. Well in one […]

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The amazing John Soane and his equally amazing museum

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 in Architecture | Comments Off on The amazing John Soane and his equally amazing museum

    The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture calls Sir John Soane’s Museum “one of the most complex, intricate, and ingenious series of interiors ever conceived”. It is also a delightful rabbit warren of a place, with interlocking rooms on different levels crammed from floor to ceiling with pictures, prints, drawings, plaster casts, antique fragments, books […]

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Stick The Tube

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 in latest | Comments Off on Stick The Tube

  Piling on to a crammed Tube during the morning rush hour can be a gloomy way to start a winter’s day especially in the false Spring we are not enjoying in London. Now a Guerrilla Sticker Group called Central Line stickers continues come up with ways to bring a smile to commuters’ faces with […]

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From Stoke Mandeville to Sochi with Love

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 in Britain | one comment

  Here in Aylesbury Vale we take particular pride that the Paralympic Games and the great change in attitude to treating disability and respect for Disabled People began in Stoke Mandeville inspired by the remarkable figure of Ludwig “Poppa” Guttmann. Paralympic magic spread through the Vale yesterday evening as the first ever heritage flame was […]

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Labour Party – full steam ahead for 2015

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 in Britain | 2 comments

The Skibbereen Eagle makes no bones about being a Labour supporting WebZine and welcomes the changes to Labour Party organisation made today in the Excel Centre, London. They are based on the report by the former Party Secretary Ray Collins which were published before Xmas and widely discussed with Constituency Party’s and the 15 Trade […]

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Tayto – The proper Irish Crisp

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 in Food | one comment

Tayto is a unique homegrown (and that is not just a metaphor) Irish food brand which first developed the method and technology used to flavour potato crisps which is used worldwide today. Before Tayto developed this technology crisp packets had a little envelope inside which you opened to shake on the crisps to flavour them […]

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Happy Birthday Karl Marx

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In Darkest Midwinter

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The murder of Canon Magner

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The Boys of Kilmichael

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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