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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Farewell Nomzamo

Posted on Apr 2, 2018 in latest | no responses

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 | no responses

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 | no responses

  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 | 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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Kevin Barry was hanged on this day

Posted on Nov 1, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

Kevin Barry was hanged on this day 1920 in Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison.   Barry was sentenced to death for his part in an IRA raid in Dublin which had gone terribly wrong and resulted in a gunfight with British soldiers in which three soldiers were killed. In the weeks since then he had been tortured […]

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Ireland’s Che Guevara

Posted on Oct 9, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

50 years ago today, Che Guevara was murdered by Bolivian soldiers in the presence of CIA operatives. One CIA agent at the time commented that: “There was no person more feared by the company (CIA) than Che Guevara because he had the capacity and charisma necessary to direct the struggle against the political repression of […]

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General Michael Collins

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

  Béal na mBláth is one of the most portentous sites in Irish history. It was here 95 years ago on this day on 22 August 1922 that General Michael Collins, commander-in-chief of the Irish army was ambushed and killed. The annual commemoration takes place each year on the Sunday closest to August 22nd. He […]

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Irish War Hero Dr. Aidan MacCarthy

Posted on Jul 30, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

Prince Harry formally named a new medical centre in Britain in honour of Irish Second World War hero Dr Aidan MacCarthy. Born in Castletownbere, West Cork in 1913, Aidan MacCarthy graduated in medicine from University College Cork before travelling to London in 1938 in search of adventure and work  – a year before Britain declared […]

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Constance Markievicz, the first female MP

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

On this day 90 years ago in Dublin a most remarkable women died, a Revolutionary, a Suffragette and a military commander, the First Female Member of Parliament and the first female minister in a Western Government. On the 16th December 1918 Constance Georgine Markievicz, Countess Markievicz, was declared elected to the British House of Commons as […]

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The Eagle On London

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

TubeMapper captures images of The Underground

Posted on Mar 10, 2018 in latest | no responses

Women on the Buses

Posted on Mar 7, 2018 in latest | no responses

The Eagle on Ireland

The Skibbereen Eagle and the Czar of Russia

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

The Real St. Patrick

Posted on Mar 17, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

More Irish than the Irish themselves

Posted on Feb 18, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

Dublin’s Saint Valentine

Posted on Feb 14, 2018 in Dublin | no responses