July, 2014

How to encourage hatred and have no one object

We know what people think of politicians. As a group they’re down there with journalists and lawyers. But how about the other way round? How do politicians regard the public.? Well, there’s the famous  comment of one Dick Tuck, after having been defeated by none other than Richard Nixon: “The people have spoken…the bastards”.  In […]

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The boys of Kilmichael and the boys of today

Have you read Guerrilla Days In Ireland  by Tom Barry?  I have, about four years ago, and I found it a surprisingly well-written book. Why  surprised? Probably because there’s a tendency in the first-hand accounts of what some call the War of Independence and others the Black and Tan War (think about for a minute, […]

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Five thought from last night’s MacGill Summer School

  Thanks to a tweet alert from Mick Fealty, I discovered the joys of live streaming last night and watched the MacGill Summer School debate. A lot there – including Irish people’s appetite for political discussion – but I’ll focus on five that struck me as it streamed. 1. Leo Varadkar is a formidable public speaker. […]

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BISCUITS by Randall Stephen Hall

Flags and the Fear of Biscuit Theft. “What’s yours is yours. What’s mine’s me own.” This wee poem/song portrays the deep fear and emotion that lies close to our core as individuals around biscuit theft and personal boundaries.   If the biscuit is what we enjoy and hold dear, then it is understandable that people […]

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THE PASSION FLOWER by Harry McAvinchey

Gardening can be a great meditation and a solace for the mind. I didn’t always think like that of course. Who can find time to meditate when they are young, feckless and roaring or when they are breaking through the clatter and mayhem involved in the   raising of  a young family? Meditation? Thoughtful contemplation? […]

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GAZA: AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW by Laura Corridan

All the below cites from the Hamas Charter as translated by Muhammad Maqdsi for the Islamic Assoc for Palestine, Dallas Texas 1990 so I didn’t get any of it from some pro-Israel site. I do fear that many of the Irish are getting their info from pro-Palestinian sites and not even making the least attempt […]

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Ruthie and her faithful tribe

I see my old university chum Ruth Dudley Edwards is explaining to anyone who’ll read her how nice the Orange Order is and what good fun Orangemen are. Which makes sense, since she wrote a book about them called The Faithful Tribe. Ruthie is more than generous in her praise of the Order, because this […]

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PROTECT THE CHILDREN OF GAZA by Eddie Whyte

  Eddie Whyte is an elected union representative for Fagforbundet otherwise known as theNorwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE). Originally from Belfast, Ireland, he has been living in Norway for the last 25 years. He is a member of the union’s National Executive and one of the union’s Ambassadors to Palestine Left to right: Eddie Whyte, Jamal Basala and Samir Alnahhal […]

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PASSPORT TO …PIMLICO by Harry McAvinchey

How lucky are we that we live in a place where you are entitled to two nationalities as a birthright? You can get an Irish passport or a British passport .Or if you have more money than sense, maybe even both.There are people out there who would sell their kidneys for that kind of privilege. […]

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Stephen Collins and taking a stand

“Be careful what you wish for” Arlene Foster warned Sinn Féin when they were pressing for a referendum on partition. She might have been better directing her words to the anti-republican elements in the Dail and media south of the border. For years that partnership urged on northern republicans the need to abandon violence and […]

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