August, 2017

THE SMOTHERER OF PARLIAMENTS? by Donal Kennedy

  Reading a recent Perkins BLOG, I was distressed to read of Seamus Mallon, that after nearly twenty years decorating the green benches at Westminster he described the Parliament there as “the Mother of Parliaments” and that he did so in Dublin’s College of Surgeons, a very learned institution, famed for sharp wits and sharp […]

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‘Oppressed Protestants in the early years of the Free State’ by Niall Meehan

An interesting article from the Irish Times in 1924 detailing Southern Irish Loyalist Relief Association (SILRA) propaganda on ‘starving’ unemployed ex-servicemen, republicans gaining everywhere, IRB running the show and in the grip of bolshevists and communists. The Roman Catholic Church, a force for good (‘up to a point’), losing its grip. I tackeled this issue […]

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“King George V & ‘The Six Counties’” by Joe McVeigh

  The first person ever to refer to the occupied part of Ireland as ‘The Six Counties’ was King George V in his speech at the official opening of the Northern parliament in Belfast City Hall on 7 June 1921. (The parliament moved from the City Hall to the Presbyterian Church’s college, later Union Theological College, until they […]

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THAT FORGOTTEN BULLET

I’d forgotten about the bullet.You might understand why, considering that I was living in Belfast during the worst years of the Norneverland conflict and it was only one tiny little bullet among thousands ,after all. .1971 and 1972 was a mad,and crazy time to live in Belfast.There was so much happening day by day that […]

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Getting real about Brexit and Irish reunification

Reccntly I find myself cheered mightily by the fact that people who would have cut out their tongue before talking about a reunited Ireland are now raising the issue. That’s good. The more people who take a sober look at this age-old aspiration, the better. Issues like this need to build a momentum, and from […]

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The Féile and unionism

The Féile An Phobail which we’ve recently enjoyed has many benefits, but outstanding among these must be that it encourages us to think. Most of us, of course, can think without being plugged into a Féile; but our thinking can fall into a pattern and even a rut, and getting heaved out of that rut […]

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