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It Was Twenty Years Ago Today…

…that the Good Friday Agreement was signed. 10th April 1998. It seems like yesterday but it is actually closer to one third of my life. Good Friday just happened to be the day that it was signed. There were intense … Continue reading

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“What We Need Is A Great Big Melting Pot”

….”big enough to hold the world and all its got. Keep it stirring for a hundred years or more. Turn out coffee coloured people by the score” Perhaps I am not the only person here who was a 17 year … Continue reading

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I Might Have Become A Yoorpeen

I think I am now a Yoorpeen (European). God Bless Yoorp. You might think that when I voted for BREXIT that I was not really acting in a way that was pro-Yoorp. But I think that voting BREXIT is the … Continue reading

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The Wisest Sage On Slugger O’Toole

Sometimes I dont think I fully appreciate the wisdom of Brian Walker, probably the wisest contributor on Slugger O’Toole. The ex-BBC man is not a nationalist. But he knows more about nationalists than I do. I know this because….. The … Continue reading

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Not Speaking Ill Of The Dead

Two posts on Slugger O’Toole this week which seem to eulogise the life (or at least the later life) of Sean O’Callaghan. Of course it is wrong to speak ill of the Dead…but maybe there are limits to how much … Continue reading

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Market Day in Ballaghaderreen (Irish Language Part Two)

While, the Irish Language should not be controversial and I fully understand that Sinn Féin would insist on an Irish Language Act, it seems counter-productive. Unionists would never agree to it and it means that its rejection by DUP closes … Continue reading

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Market Day in Ballaghaderreen (Irish Language Part One)

Twelve years ago, my wife and I were passing thru the small town of Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon. It is actually on the county line with County Mayo and was “moved” from County Mayo in a re-arrangement of administrative lines at … Continue reading

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