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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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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John McCain flawed American Hero

Posted on Aug 26, 2018 in latest | one comment

Senator John McCain, the Vietnam war hero turned senator and presidential candidate, has died aged 81 at his ranch in Arizona. Mr McCain died on Saturday in Arizona surrounded by his family, a statement from his office said. He was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in July 2017 and had been undergoing medical treatment. […]

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Mary Wilson, Poet

Posted on Jun 7, 2018 in latest | Comments Off on Mary Wilson, Poet

Respect to the memory of the poet Mary Wilson who died today at the age of 102. Her marriage to Harold Wilson was an extraordinary love story. An Oxford Don at 21 he entered politics because of his outrage at the waste of unemployment and he never lost his focus on everybody being entitled to […]

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Happy Birthday Karl Marx

Posted on May 5, 2018 in latest | 5 comments

Happy 200th Birthday to Karl Marx who was born #OTD in Trier (Trevorum Augustorum) in the Prussian Rhineland and lived in London from 1849 until the end of his life. In 1848 along with Friedrich Engels he published The Communist Manifesto which had its public launch in English to an audience of largely Irish Trade […]

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Big Tom and his Mammy

Posted on Apr 20, 2018 in Ireland | one comment

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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Farewell Nomzamo

Posted on Apr 2, 2018 in latest | one comment

Farewell Nomzamo, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who endured the unendurable and for all her flaws bravely fought the good fight for Freedom and refused to bend to the will of the oppressor. South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Mandela has died aged 81, her personal assistant says. Winnie Madikizela Mandela was the former wife of South Africa’s first […]

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Roger Bannister’s last mile

Posted on Mar 4, 2018 in latest | Comments Off on Roger Bannister’s last mile

Farewell to the great Sir Roger Bannister, athlete, physician and humanitarian who has died in Oxford surrounded by his family ‘who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them.’ In 1954 at Iffley Road Track, Oxford this junior doctor became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes. He […]

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Remembering Suze Rotolo

Posted on Feb 25, 2018 in latest | Comments Off on Remembering Suze Rotolo

  Suze Rotolo died prematurely from Lung Cancer at the age of 67 in New York City on this day in 2011. The principled daughter of two American Communists she inspired Bob Dylan’s radicalism and worked for Civil Rights during the period they were together. She appeared with him on the cover of his breakthrough […]

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William Butler Yeats Remembered

Posted on Jan 28, 2018 in Ireland | Comments Off on William Butler Yeats Remembered

  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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The Eagle On London

Tube Tunes

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 in latest | Comments Off on Tube Tunes

Schools to Prison on the Tube

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in latest | Comments Off on Schools to Prison on the Tube

Happy Birthday Karl Marx

Posted on May 5, 2018 in latest | 5 comments

Millicent Fawcett

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in latest | Comments Off on Millicent Fawcett

The Eagle on Ireland

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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

A Journey Towards the Somme

Posted on Nov 10, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on A Journey Towards the Somme

The Gaybo Years

Posted on Nov 4, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Gaybo Years

Halloween: A Great Irish Pagan Party, Ted!

Posted on Oct 31, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on Halloween: A Great Irish Pagan Party, Ted!