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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Remember the bravery of Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 in latest | no responses

Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was China’s most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, has died aged 61. The activist had been serving an 11-year prison term for “subversion” and was recently moved to a hospital for treatment for terminal liver cancer. When Liu Xiaobo was formally awarded his Nobel Peace prize in 2010, he […]

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Farewell to Paddington Bear’s Creator

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 in latest | no responses

  Farewell to Michael Bond who created a marmalade-loving bear from “deepest, darkest Peru” who comes to live in London. A character whose enthusiasm and optimism has given pleasure to millions across the generations. Let’s raise a glass (and a marmalade sandwich) to him. As well as Paddington, he also created characters including Olga da […]

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Don Rickles final insult

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 in latest | no responses

Farewell to Don Rickles, one of the great comedians who insulted his audiences and liked to be heckled. He died on Thursday 90 years young. American stand-up comedian Don Rickles has died at his home in Los Angeles of kidney failure aged 90, the performer’s publicist Paul Shefrin has announced. Rickles – renowned for quick-fire […]

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Campaigner Darcus Howe dies

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 in latest | no responses

Farewell to Darcus Howe one of the Mangrove Nine.  He was a brave & fearless campaigner against racism, Police violence & corruption and one of the many strong and honest voices to spring from Trinidad. His campaigning for Civil Rights frequently led him to protest against the racism and corruption of the police in their […]

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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