Eight thoughts on Michael D and the presidency

So now we know: Michael D Higgins would like to be President of Ireland for another seven years. When he took the job originally, he made it clear that he would serve for just one term. Now he’s changed his mind and wants a second. I think there are a number of things worth noting […]

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So – how do you like your Donald?

Donald Trump has many faults, but one that upsets many people is his habit of lying. He’s accused of sexual bullying, even rape by a whole series of women, and his response is, they’re making it up. He says Theresa May didn’t take the advice he gave her, which would have meant a successful Brexit, […]

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Orange Order thinking: has it paralysed the rest of us?

Well, that’s it for another year. The marching. Except, of course, for all the other marches there will be between now and Christmas. If you’re like me, you’ll have the melancholy privilege of remembering some of the resolutions read aloud by bowler-hatted men at Twelfth gatherings before the Troubles. You know, when there were no […]

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Irish history and reasons to be servile by Antaine de Brún

  The title of Duke of Sussex was conferred upon Prince Frederick the sixth son of King George III on 24 November 1801. Prince Augustus Frederick married Lady Augusta Murray in 1793 and secondly Lady Cecilia Gore on 2 May 1831. Both marriages were in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act 1772 thus the couple’s children were illegitimate. Not […]

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The Big Game, the Eleventh Night and the Twelfth

The Big Game, the Eleventh Night and the Twelfth: two of the three have now passed and have left a bitter taste in a lot of mouths. In the case of the Big Game, you could see it coming. It was a truth universally acknowledged that the England team got to the semi-finals because they […]

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La na bhFiann by Donal Kennedy

Today, 11 July used be celebrated by Ireland’s Defence Forces as Fenian’s Day with a Holiday to commemorate the first truce between Irish and British forces since the Treaty of Limerick. For, on 11 July 1921 the British sued for peace with the forces of the democratically established Irish Republic. I don’t know whether the […]

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Six things every fire-worshipper should keep in mind

      Control your pyro urges and try to struggle against premature incineration. Every year we see bonfires that just can’t hold back and shoot their contents into the sky in helpless flames. This can be disappointing for other parties. Hold back until tonight. Make sure you’ve got the grant before you stick up […]

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THE RAF – A TERRORIST ORGANISATION? by Donal Kennedy

The British historian AJP Taylor held that Britain’s Royal Air Force was established as a terrorist force and that its inspiration was  an MP called  Pemberton Billings. Lord French, when Lord Lieutenant in Ireland favoured that role to frighten the unarmed voters. It was used to “police” the North West frontier of India, and particularly Iraq, […]

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