Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Long Hot Summer of My Soul

Marching season is right around the corner, and PSNI is already warning that it’s going to be “challenging”, due to budget cuts. Hmm. Budget cuts to PSNI or no, it was bound to be challenging anyway, because Orange Order marches … Continue reading

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Matty

Matty was an Aran islander, a fisherman by trade in his younger years, and a rebel his entire life. I was introduced to him by a friend back in the 90’s. He was small in stature and elderly, but at … Continue reading

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Taimse i Mo Chodladh

Insomnia is a terrible thing. I’ve suffered from it my entire life, as well as nightmares, night sweats, night terrors, and sleepwalking. Somnambulism (walking in one’s sleep) is of course, the most dangerous of the above mentioned afflictions. The first … Continue reading

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The Handshake

It was tempting to write a blow-by-blow account of Prince Charles’ visit to Ireland last week, but there was little point in doing so; the mainstream media coverage was so overwhelming that you couldn’t escape it if you wanted to. … Continue reading

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Untying the Knot

The Republic of Ireland has made a monumental decision to allow constitutionally backed same sex marriages–actual marriages, as opposed to “civil unions.” Well done, and it’s about time. For those who voted “no”, I have no disrespect for your views, … Continue reading

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1981 – At 2:11 am, Raymond McCreesh dies on hunger strike on the H Blocks in Long Kesh. Later, the same day at 11:29 pm, he is joined in death by his friend and fellow hunger-striker, Patsy O’Hara.

Originally posted on Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland:
The third of the resolutely determined IRA Volunteers to join the H-Block hunger strike for political status was twenty-four-year-old Raymond McCreesh, from Camlough in South Armagh: a quiet, shy and…

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1974 – Car bombs explode in Dublin and Monaghan, killing 34 people.

Originally posted on Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland:
On the morning of 17 May 1974, four cars are stolen in Belfast. That evening, they would explode without warning in Dublin and Monaghan resulting in the deaths of 34…

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