An Affront to Civilization

•October 24, 2018 • Leave a Comment

According to the Irish novelist Eoin McNamee, the armed border partitioning the island of Ireland was “a moral wrong, in the sense that the Berlin Wall was a moral wrong, an affront to civilization.” Now, two decades since that partition was removed, English nationalists–opposed to open borders–threaten to return Ireland to the troubling past of manned security checkpoints and wanton violence that terrorized its citizens.

As Andrew Maxwell puts it,

It’s not the Irish border–It’s the British border in Ireland. The Irish border is the beach.

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dESTINATION fINTONA

•April 1, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Only 66 miles from Belfast, and 108 miles from Dublin, Fintona in West Tyrone is a treasure trove of Irish culture. As a 4,000-year-old village, the many surrounding ancient ruins compliment modern amenities such as the community equestrian center.

Easter Rising

•April 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

1916 The Irish Rebellion, narrated by Liam Neeson, tells the story of the 1916 Easter Rising, when actors, poets, teachers and socialist workers took on the British Empire.

Marching with Martin

•March 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Martin McGuinness walks on. Sinn Fein pays its respects.

Just Beginning

•November 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment

It took fifty thousand years for my Celtic ancestors to migrate from Caucasia across Turkey, the Balkan Peninsula and Iberia before landing on the island of Ireland five thousand years ago. My Irish lineage has only been in North America since 1768, and we’re clearly just beginning to understand what it’s like for the indigenous peoples here to be ignored in ways similar to the experience of our forebears and their relationship with Queen Elizabeth I of England and King James I of England and Ireland.

History of Apostrophe

•October 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The apostrophe, frequently used in Anglicized spellings of Irish surnames, is ultimately of Greek origin. Adopted by the Latin alphabet, and later incorporated into French punctuation, it was introduced into the English language in the 16th Century.

Maghera

•September 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Key events of the Civil Rights Campaign (1964-1972) are accessible through the University of Ulster CAIN web service, as well as in the BBC history of Northern Ireland. As a key player in this era, the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association brought together a powerful mix of civic leaders, as evidenced by the meeting at Maghera.