Monday, April 23, 2018
The 2014 Scottish independence referendum was a landmark for a number of reasons, but for our community it confirmed a major change. In the preceding decades, it was easy for the Irish community to dismiss the notion of voting...
THE relationship between Ireland and Scotland has many aspects. We have strong cultural, political, economic, sporting and community links, which bring significant benefits for both countries. Among these areas, recent developments in the Irish-Scottish economic and cultural relationship really...
WHEN I first began learning Irish just over six years ago my thoughts about an Irish Language Act were very different to today. I saw no need for legislation, I was happily attending my weekly class, no one was...
GROWING up as a strong proponent of a united Ireland on the island itself isn’t always easy. The expressions you hear such as ‘we can’t afford it’ and ‘nobody wants it,’ were regular utterances from some I knew throughout...
I don’t accept that Irish Republicanism is in Celtic’s history, anywhere in Celtic's history... I don't recognise Celtic being associated with Irish Republicanism.” Peter Lawwell, Celtic FC Chief Executive THE views of the current Chief Executive of Celtic—first expressed in 2015—became...
The controversial Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 looks set to be scrapped following Labour MSP James Kelly’s Member’s Bill seeking to repeal the legislation. The bill, through which Kelly criticises the act as ‘an illiberal...
IT HAS been more than two years since the first open meeting of the Irish community in Glasgow was called to discuss building a memorial to An Gorta Mór (The Great Hunger). This announcement of our chosen site is...
BRITISH politics has been thrown into turmoil by the ill-fated General Election called by Theresa May. The Conservatives remain the largest party and May remains Prime Minister, but the government’s future is uncertain. Uncertainty was the very reason Theresa May...
WHEN he visited the Irish Famine Memorial in the US city of Philadelphia in mid-March, just before St Patrick’s Day, the Taoiseach—Enda Kenny TD—made an important speech about Ireland’s strong and enduring connection to its global diaspora. In the...
A hundred years before I saw the light of morn, In Edinburgh’s Cowgate James Connolly was born. The streets of Little Ireland were his home for many years, From the West Port to St Mary's Street, you feel him very near. Footsteps of...
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