Tag Archives: Ireland

Happy Birthday, Ireland

Breithlá Shona, Ireland.

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Ireland Is A Real Place (Written 2006)

How Far Does The Case of Ireland demonstrate that an essential part of nationalism is remembering and forgetting? There is a cliché that the Irish forget nothing in history and the English remember nothing in history. It is no less … Continue reading

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Is Anybody Goin To San Antone?

Very pleasant day in San Antonio Texas. River Walk. Souvenir Shops, Durty Nellies Irish Pub. And…the Alamo. The thing that surprises many is that the Old Spanish Mission is right in the middle of one of the largest cities in … Continue reading

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Katie Taylor…And Rehabilitating GOD in Ireland

 It was fairly predictable that Katie Taylor would make a passing reference to GOD when she won that Gold Medal. Thanking GOD is a fairly spontaneous reaction to any piece of good news. We all do it……indeed there is that … Continue reading

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Olympics, Professionalism and Ireland. (Guest Post)

A guest post from “football cliches”. At the moment, I am what some might call ‘inbetween jobs’, others call this being unemployed but I always find work quite easily so I’m not particularly worried. I had been working by way … Continue reading

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The Angela Merkel Flag

So the Irish team didnt exactly set the Euros on fire. But at least the fans did some good. The famous Angela Merkel flag sold for E16,000 on RTE Radio 2 and a further E5,000 was raised. And the money … Continue reading

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The Boys In Green…2012

The nature of the European Football Championship is that the major footballing nations such as Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Holland and England are almost guaranteed a place in the four-yearly finals. Seeding ensures this. There is a second tier of nations … Continue reading

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Republic of Ireland…84% Catholic

Although you wont see it mentioned much on anti-Catholic, hibernophobic websites, a statistic from the preliminary results of the 2011 Republic of Ireland Census shows that the population, the biggest in the “26 counties” since before the Famine in the … Continue reading

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Happy St Patricks Day!

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit! Happy St Patricks Day! This is my sixtieth St Patricks Day. Things change. When I was a schoolchild, it was a day off school. A chance to wear a green sweater that my aunt had … Continue reading

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Ireland At London Olympics…Selected So Far

With the Qualification for 2012 Olympics now in full swing, a timely look at who has already booked their place on the plane to London. Cycling….Ireland have a quota of three places in the Road Race. No riders have yet been … Continue reading

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