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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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