September, 2016

SINN FEIN’S VOTE IN 1918 (HISTORICAL LETTER FROM HISTORY IRELAND)

On 29 August 2016 my BLOG “HISTORICAL LETTER FROM HISTORY IRELAND” carried a letter of mine published in that magazine in MAY/JUNE 2009. It is a detailed letter covering the General Election Results in Ireland in 1918, previous general elections, the phenomenon and significance of uncontested seats, and municipal, county council and other local elections in […]

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‘Education’ by Joe McVeigh

  ‘Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.’ (Aristotle) I have always been interested in education and the opportunities that education presents to young and not so young. Since the 1940s a good education has been regarded by most people here as most important. The standards here in the north […]

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Peter Weir and the Big One

All right, children – sit up straight, arms folded, pay attention. My name is Peter Weir and I’m in charge of all the schools in Ulster. Since you are the people who will be mainly affected by the plans I have, I want you to be the first to know what they are. Everyone listening? First […]

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IT GETS STICKY

I suppose five stings wasn’t too bad , all things considered.I blame a momentary compulsion on my part. I could have simply been patient and waited. Two honeybees managed to sting me twice on the right arm, just above my gauntlet.It’s funny how they know exactly where to strike the most vulnerable areas. Another angry […]

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BREXIT CHANGES EVERYTHING? by Michael J Cummings

    After the BREXIT vote a friend of Ireland’s re-unification remarked: This changes everything! Perhaps. But having observed   Ireland’s conflict for some time and how much British bias and arrogance, United States ignorance and the Irish governments resignation have plagued   resolution, I was not optimistic. Let me posit a few recent examples which inspire […]

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‘Easter 1916: suitably commemorated?’ by Tom Cooper

The Irish Examiner carried an Opinion piece by Maurice Manning taken from his address to the Parnell Summer School. He (Manning) criticized SF for hi-jacking the centenary commemorations for their own agenda. I believe he thought that the Reclaim the Vision parade was a SF initiative, which it wasn’t. I was on the committee which […]

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