December, 2016

Saturday pic(s) of the week

                 Pic 1                                                            Pic 2  Pic 3 Pics 1-3 are by John Patton ( phototilly.eu) Pic 1  :     […]

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PAT KENNY AND SINN FÉIN by Peter Pymen

  You probably know well who Pat Kenny is but perhaps some of the regulars on your blog might not. PK had been the golden boy of RTE for years and then in 2013 he joined Newstalk, which is owned by Denis O’Brien, the very wealthy man who also owns the Independent group. PK’s daily […]

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CHOMSKY CHEWS UP AND SPITS OUT THE CASTRO CRITICS

Perhaps the most striking feature of Washington’s war against Cuba since it dared to liberate itself at last in 1959 has been the frenzy with which it has been waged. Kennedy’s Bay of Pigs invasion soon after taking office was authorized in an atmosphere of “hysteria,” Defense Secretary Robert McNamara later testified before the Senate’s […]

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LETTERS IN THE MORNING STAR (LONDON) by Donal Kennedy

  JUNE 17 2010.   Your headline “Bloody Sunday: The wait for justice ends” (June 15) is misleading. Yes, the murdered men and youths, the wounded, their families and supporters have been vindicated by a British inquiry and a British government has accepted what the rest of the world has long known. But the murderers, […]

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‘Rebel Prods’ by Joe McVeigh

  Received a present a few days ago of a new book called ‘Rebel Prods’ written by Valerie Jones who died in 2014. The sub-title says it all ‘Rebel Prods-The Forgotten Story of Protestant Radical Nationalists and the 1916 Rising’. It was prepared for publication by her daughter and son and published by Ashfield Press, Dublin.  […]

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WHITHER ARLENE, RUTH AND BORIS? by John Patton

Pupils seeking examples of irony for their Higher English prelims should forsake Shakespeare and read Tim Shipman’s book , ‘All Out War’; it is a Brexit tale  that deftly describes the deals, betrayals and broken promises that laid low much of the recognisable, political class in Britain. On the negative side, it is overly London-centric  and as […]

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‘Six Blasts from the Past’ by Donal Kennedy

A JUST RISING (18 JANUARY 2016) –  ANSWERING SEÁMUS MURPHY, S.J. The latest contribution to the Easter Rising debate was from an Irish Jesuit Priest in California, who told a newspaper that the Rising, “not having a realistic prospect of success”, did not pass the “just war” criteria, but that we can “laughingly forgive a […]

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The Brexit stink: we’re all in this together. Right?

So our First Minister has been changed, changed utterly. When Enda Kenny invited her down for an all-Ireland – oops, all-island discuss of Brexit, Arlene did her frosty reception thing as only she can, and told him she wouldn’t be there. Shortly after, of course, she found a way to go into a huddle with […]

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