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The Somme 1916-2016

I dont like military ceremony. More so…I dont like “Remembrance”, the way Officialdom takes over and uses “Memory”. “Remembrance” is always a means of using suffering to create an agenda. So I dont like my TV set being taken over … Continue reading

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Stamps …1916-2016

So I picked up the “Easter” stamps in Dublin. In strict terms there are two kinds of postage stamp. A “definitive” stamp is in everyday use, often for several years. A “commemorative” stamp is intended to mark a special person, … Continue reading

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I Wish It Was 2017

We are in the fourth day of 2016 and I already wish it was 2017. Later today I might take a very large sleeping tablet but I am not aware of any that will keep me asleep until 2017. Maybe … Continue reading

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Commemorating Easter 1916

When I fiirst signed into Slugger O’Toole, just about the first threads I read were about the so-called Decade of Centenaries, the series of events including Easter 1916 and the Somme 1916….rwo events that are divisive in Norn Iron and … Continue reading

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Who Do I Think I Am…Part Two (Maternal Side)

For generations…centuries even…. Irish families have lived along either side of invisible county borders….Sligo/Mayo, Armagh/Down, Meath/Dublin. Necessarily each one of the thirty two counties has a border with at least one other county. These lines never split families and family … Continue reading

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Robert Ballagh…Question & Answer Session

Tying up some loose ends here. Almost a month since I attended the lecture on “1916 Centenary” given by artist Robert Ballagh at An Féile. I blogged about the lecture and intended to blog about the subsequent Question and Answer … Continue reading

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“….And Sailed Off For Gallipoli”

There are few anti-war songs that are better than Eric Bogle’s “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”. My favourite version being the Pogues. But what do we know about Gallipoli. Well…it was a British military disaster. And the point in History,where … Continue reading

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The Politics Of Irish Stamps.

The Decade of Centenaries. The odd thing about Stamp Collecting (besides the eccentricity of people who collect stamps) is that it can be extremely “political”. In the case of Ireland this is hardly surprising. An Irish Stamp Album is in … Continue reading

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Paddy Wilson RIP

A declaration…Paddy Wilson was a friend of my father who occasionally visited our house. Elected to the old Stormont Senate in 1969, he was one of the eight founder members of the SDLP a year later. The last occasion that … Continue reading

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Brass Neck And “No Neck”

I dont of course buy newspapers. That kinda thing only encourages “journalists” but I am indebted to a small restaurant in County Tyrone for the complimentary copy of ” The Sunday Life”. I love Norn Iron Sunday papers as they … Continue reading

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