THE MAKING OF THE IRISH NATION by Donal Kennedy

Daniel O’Connell famously prophesied that the railways would be “the making of the Irish Nation.” He was answered by a song complaining that the poor of Ireland with their pennies had financed his (failed) Repeal Movement and were being recompensed by being deprived“of what little divarsion they had, whilst the Liberator was now making children […]

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LAPDOG   BITES   BULLDOG (13) by Perkin Warbeck

          First, it was Finchley. Second, it was Somerset. –Pardonnez moi, but did you just say ‘Somerset’, Ma’m? -Oh, yes: human bondage, and all that wee harmless stuff. How’s about ye? (Psssss: curved ball question from the straight-as-a-tie tartan type in the audience: Och, alas, whate’er happened to wee Sutherland? Or, […]

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The amazing time-shifting backstop

How did we get here? I’m not talking about the UK decision to leave the EU: that came about because a very great number of people who thought immigrants were coming to take their jobs and who lived in a dream of making Britain Great Again voted to leave the EU. I’m talking about how […]

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The ineffectiveness of mass protest

Well. That’ll give them something to think about, won’t it? . Nearly 700,000 people demonstrating in London, protests in other cities as well, including Belfast. The politicians will realize that Brexit is deeply unpopular, consult their constituency figures and start to consider calling the whole thing off. Oh, and the moon is made of white […]

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Saturday pics of the week

Pics 1-3 are by Perkin Warbeck    Pic 1: There are buskers and then there are buskers   Pic 2: Donald  Busk.   Pic 3: Alas, even Mozart cannot coax euros from the Bozos who worship Bono. Pics 4-7  are by Matt Collins (No 2 son)   Pic 4  – The Brooklyn Boy – Grandson Gavin   Pic […]

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The US: the good, the bad and the bewildering

I’m recently back from the US, where I was promoting my book Martin McGuinness:The Man I Knew (no home is complete without one). That, and singing the praises of my six-week-old grandson to anyone who would listen. Like many Irish people, I have a love-hate relationship with the US. Some of the hate targets are […]

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AMERICAN BREXIT COMMITTEE (ABC) APPEALS TO CONGRESSMAN TO BAR BREXIT TRADE SECRETARY LIAM FOX – by Michael J Cummings

  October 12  The American Brexit Committee released today a letter to Congressman Gerald Connolly (D-VA) *, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to block Britain’s International Trade Secretary  from entering the United States and to seek the removal of a British military attache.  Fox served as Shadow Secretary of State for  Defense from 2005-2010 and Secretary […]

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The presidential election and the paper of record

Do the Irish Times have a substantial sum of money on Michael D Higgins to win the Irish presidential election? Probably not, given that Michael D is quoted by Boylesports on odds of 1/50. Even the mountebanks of the paper of record would be reluctant to invest with those kind of odds. On the other […]

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