General Michael Collins

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 in Ireland | Comments Off on General Michael Collins

  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 | Comments Off on Irish War Hero Dr. Aidan MacCarthy

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 | one comment

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 | Comments Off on Remember the bravery of Liu Xiaobo

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 | Comments Off on Farewell to Paddington Bear’s Creator

  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 | Comments Off on Don Rickles final insult

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 | Comments Off on Campaigner Darcus Howe dies

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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Long Live Freedom!

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 in latest | 2 comments

  Hans and Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst were guillotined by the Nazis in Munich 74 years ago today for bravely opposing the Fascist Tyranny. Named after a Spanish novel (Rosa Blanco). The Group coordinated efforts on Campus for Civil Rights and Opposition to Nazi policies. Among their efforts on campus were weekly discussion groups, […]

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The murder of Patrice Lumumba

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 in latest | 2 comments

  56 years ago, the first democratically elected leader of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba, was assassinated on the orders of Belgium and the United States. Lumumba’s pan-Africanism and his vision of a united Congo gained him many enemies. Both Belgium and the United States actively sought to have him killed. The CIA ordered his assassination […]

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Lord Snowdon

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 in latest | Comments Off on Lord Snowdon

Farewell to Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon and son of Anne Messel (later Anne Parsons, Countess of Rosse) of Birr Castle, Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland who with John Betjeman was a founder of the Victorian Society. A Polio victim in his youth, among his many other accomplishments he was a fearless campaigner for the […]

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The Eagle On London

Schools to Prison on the Tube

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in latest | 15 comments

Happy Birthday Karl Marx

Posted on May 5, 2018 in latest | 18 comments

Millicent Fawcett

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

Labour anti-Semitism – the morning after

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in latest | Comments Off on Labour anti-Semitism – the morning after

The Eagle on Ireland

The Longest Day

Posted on Jun 21, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Longest Day

Bloomsday 2019

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in Dublin | Comments Off on Bloomsday 2019

My Old Man

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in Dublin | Comments Off on My Old Man

An Irish song for May Day!

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on An Irish song for May Day!