POOTSY’S PALAVER – by Michael Lagan

There has clearly been a not so well-hidden split in the DUP. I’m not so sure the word ‘split’ is adequate to describe how massive this split actually is as it seems larger and more damaging than what many had surmised prior to the recent ‘election’ of Edwin Poots as leader of the DUP. Some […]

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TV Review: FRONTLINE

This review first appeared.  in The Andersonstown News    FRONTLINE (UTV)  sought out clerical memories of the Troubles. Rev Harold Good recalled how he came back from the US, where he’d been ministering, to Belfast. “It was a shock” he said. Fear was in the air – who would be next? “I’d come back to a different Ireland” Sister Lucinda was […]

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Freedom from What or Who? – by Michael Lagan

With Loyalists threatening violence over the NI Protocol and their loss of something they call “freedom”, I wonder if they are pondering the actions of the IRA and even the civil disobedience surrounding the struggle of the Irish people of the North for freedom? After all, the very posters they are erecting on walls and […]

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ROYALTY AND OLD ROPE UNCHANGED IN A NEW ERA – by Donal Kennedy

According to the book “THE IRISH ASSASSINS” by Julie Kavanagh – “the Queen, who followed the case with morbid interest, took considerable delight in the executions.” The case concerned  the killing of two British Government officials in  Dublin’s Phoenix Par 1882. Queen Victoria, who  presided over the Great Starvation in Ireland in the 1840s, the […]

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Columba, Man and Myth – by John Patton

Yesterday, the ninth of June , was the feast day of St. Columba or Colmcille in Gaelic – born in Donegal but appropriated by Derry City. In Gaelic, the City is frequently referred to as Doire Colmcille.   Historian Brian Lacey  has confirmed through detailed  research that Columba was a real person but that he had […]

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“BOOK OF THE WEEK” SATURDAY 5 JUNE 2021 – SATURDAY REVIEW SECTION OF “THE TIMES” OF LONDON – by Donal Kennedy

The book chosen by the paper that paid the pornographer, forger and perjurer Richard Pigott is entitled “The Irish Assassins Conspiracy,Revenge and the murders which stunned an Empire” by Julie Kavanagh is reviewed favourably by one Gerard De Groot.  De Groot declares that the fight for Irish Independence turned vicious after the 1882 Phoenix Park […]

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The Irish Times, Prof Doyle and me

Constant readers of this blogsite will know that my blog yesterday  reported on an Irish Times article by Prof John Doyle, pointing out in detail the  irrelevance of the British annual subvention to NEI. I ended the blog by noting that I had written to The Irish Times  commending them for the article and its importance, while at the same time realising that your average leper would be as welcome to the IT  as  a letter from me.  Sir, How truly refreshing to read John Doyle’s article on the British subvention (‘UK subvention to North irrelevant to debate on Irish unity’, 9 June 2021). There will no doubt be those who will dispute his figures, which indicate that the British subvention is far from the […]

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The Irish Times, they are a-changin’ …

Have you read today’s Irish Times? If not – and thousands of right-thinking people haven’t – could I suggest you take a gander. Because there’s a piece in it written by a Prof. John Doyle from DCU which demolishes a central pillar in the argument of those who tell us the south couldn’t afford a […]

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