April, 2011

Two young men, two different lives

It’s funny – that’s funny-peculiar, not funny-ha-ha – the deal life serves up to different people. Today in Westminster Abbey, a young man aged 29 who’s known nothing but privilege all his life will be married to a young woman who, while certainly not from the level of comfort of her husband, is very comfortably […]

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Two young men, two different lives

It’s funny – that’s funny-peculiar, not funny-ha-ha – the deal life serves up to different people. Today in Westminster Abbey, a young man aged 29 who’s known nothing but privilege all his life will be married to a young woman who, while certainly not from the level of comfort of her husband, is very comfortably […]

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Easter Week 1916: myth and grim reality

Thomas MacDonagh in a letter to his wife Muriel,  written a few hours before his execution:   “I counted the cost of this, and I am ready to pay it”.  Eamonn Ceannt in a letter to his wife Áine,  written an hour before his execution:   “I am here without hope of this world, and […]

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Easter Week 1916: myth and grim reality

Thomas MacDonagh in a letter to his wife Muriel,  written a few hours before his execution:  “I counted the cost of this, and I am ready to pay it”.  Eamonn Ceannt in a letter to his wife Áine,  written an hour before his execution:  “I am here without hope of this world, and without fear, calmly […]

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Time to talk turkey, Trevor…

In a concern for peace and reconciliation, people have a habit of falling over themselves. Trevor Ringland did some falling-over this morning on BBC Radio Ulster.  He was talking about the Real IRA’s statement in Derry yesterday and he turned his thoughts to the notion of British occupation of Ireland. “There is no British occupation […]

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Time to talk turkey, Trevor…

In a concern for peace and reconciliation, people have a habit of falling over themselves. Trevor Ringland did some falling-over this morning on BBC Radio Ulster.  He was talking about the Real IRA’s statement in Derry yesterday and he turned his thoughts to the notion of British occupation of Ireland. “There is no British occupation […]

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Knowing about Pearse: does it matter?

Knowing your country’s history, past or contemporary: I sometimes wonder if it matters. There’s a famous case of a youngster at comprehensive school in the 1960s, who at fifteen years of age couldn’t tell an inspector the name of the prime minister of the day (Harold Wilson). This was held up as a damning example […]

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Knowing about Pearse: does it matter?

Knowing your country’s history, past or contemporary: I sometimes wonder if it matters. There’s a famous case of a youngster at comprehensive school in the 1960s, who at fifteen years of age couldn’t tell an inspector the name of the prime minister of the day (Harold Wilson). This was held up as a damning example […]

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