How to feel about the Great War

  I was going to do a blog on a figure that (I sincerely hope) is fading fast back into the world of television financial game-show: Peter Casey. I may in fact do so later. But first I must rid myself of a comment or two on how we are being brain-washed. Because have no […]

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BLOODY BALFOUR’S WACKY FAN CLUB by Donal Kennedy

Readers of the current edition of History Ireland, and its previous three editions, may have read a long article by Dennis Kennedy and the dispute in its Letters Page between himself and myself about one of his contentions – that we Irish should be so grateful to the late Lord Fitzalan, the British Viceroy for […]

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Loughinisland and the law’s delay

In his famous ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy, Hamlet concludes that the only thing which keeps many people from killing themselves is the uncertainty of the world that might follow death. If it were not for that fear , surely people would find it impossible to put up with the injustices of this world: “Th’ […]

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Marking centenary of  Northern Ireland by Tom Cooper

Martin Mansergh’s letter and the editorial that preceded it (October 25th, November 5th), on Northern Ireland’s  looming centenary, typify the sort of navel gazing Irish nationalists are expected to engage in. The northern territory began as it meant to continue, by  violently expelling over 10,000 Roman Catholic workers from their jobs in 1920. Cast out also were […]

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BREXIT – A QUESTION OF DEJA-VU? by Donal Kennedy

  The first Brexit vote was cast on 14th December 1918, when Ireland, in a General Election, “regarded on all sides as a Plebiscite” according to The Times, voted for the British King, and all his horses and all his men, to make their exit from Ireland. Ireland had 105 Parliamentary seats. The voters awarded 73 of them […]

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