Monday, January 22, 2018
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...
MARTIN McGuinness is rarely out of the news. To some he is a patriot of deep faith, to others a blood-thirsty murderer. As his political career draws to a close it is time to examine the man and his...
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...
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...
UNIONISM has lost its Stormont majority. Founded almost 100 years ago, the Stormont of Carson and Craig is no longer a ‘Protestant Parliament for a Protestant People.’ While the Democratic Unionist Party remains the largest party, the Northern Ireland...
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...
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 turn of the year is naturally a time to take stock and to look back over the highs and lows of the past 12 months. There are few years in recent history that have given us as many...
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...
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...
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