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  1. Comment on “Poll: Scotland on the brink of independence” Time to panic?
    on 22 April 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Wrong (again) Greenflag.

    Saxe Coburg Gotha became the House of Windsor. I was making reference to the Duke of Edinburgh’s family – the Schleswig Holstein Sonderburg Glücksburg crowd, with the Battenburg connection.

    Do you know that Elizabeth of House Windsor married Philip of House Battenburg? I know it all sounds very Game of Thrones but it’s real and it happened some time ago (around the middle of the last century).

    You do know that Schleswig Holstein is a German state? In common with other German places it was chock-full of aristos (see Saxe Coburg Gotha’s home place in Bavaria as another example).

    The “breed of dairy cattle” is actually a Holstein Friesian named for being originally bred in the Netherlands and northern Germany.

    Life’s an education isn’t it?

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  2. Comment on “Poll: Scotland on the brink of independence” Time to panic?
    on 22 April 2014 at 7:50 pm

    ‘Send in the Irish conscripts’ surely?

    Oh and if a ‘Miss Windsor’ married a ‘Mr Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderberg-Glücksburg’, or perhaps a ‘Mr Mountbatten’, would she not be ‘Mrs Mountbatten’, or even a ‘Mrs Mountbatten-Windsor’ if she went the double-barrelled route?

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  3. Comment on The Easter Rising: romance and regret but no barrier to reconciliation
    on 22 April 2014 at 4:24 pm


    Are you absolutely sure that quote is not from ´Mein Kampf’?

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  4. Comment on The Easter Rising: romance and regret but no barrier to reconciliation
    on 22 April 2014 at 3:48 pm

    So the “romance” continues. The dressing-up box has been raided once again for a day out at Belfast cemetery (and in case the message behind that festival du mort was misconstrued an overnight attack on World War I and II graves followed).

    Meanwhile in Sackville Street Dublin the usual Ruritanian homage was paid to the Pearse gang (no ‘minute’ for the hundreds of Dublin’s poor who paid with their lives for that fool’s ‘romantic’ interlude).

    What of Easter 1916 was the ‘President of Ireland’ actually genuflecting to? Was a thought spared for that unfortunate Dublin Castle sentry murdered along the way, and who serves as a harbinger of how that ‘war’ would play out?

    Here’s a taste of ‘war news’ from the Patron Saint’s day in 1920: ‘The Battle of Toomevara’; Constable Charles Healy along with Constable James Rocke had just left the church after evening devotions when they were shot by a number of men hiding behind a hedge.

    Constable Rocke was killed. Constable Healy, as he lay wounded on the ground, was shot three more times by his attackers. The constables were taken to the police station at Toomevara, County Tipperary, where Constable Healy died.

    Constable Healy, 25, was from Glengarriff, County Cork, he had four years police service and had been a farmer before joining the RIC. Constable Rocke, who would have been 27 in three days time, was from Killimor, County Galway. He had five years service and had also been a farmer before joining the police. (Robert Abbott, ‘Police Casualties in Ireland 1919-1922′)

    So despite the fine words spouted on the steps of the GPO on Easter 1916, and no doubt again on Easter this year, not much ‘cherishing’ of the Nation’s children that St Patrick’s night in Tipperary.

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  5. Comment on AN LÁ DEARG was an expression of both a growing sense of anger
    on 19 April 2014 at 6:36 pm

    We all pay taxes. I live in hope that every self-interest group will not be indulged merely because its membership “pay taxes”.

    Given the challenges facing the local education sector I see many, many priorities that are in line in front of Irish Medium.

    So again, anyone who wants to embrace an Irish education for their children, or any other educational minority interest, then let them pay for that lifestyle choice.

    On politics: the recent ‘red’ march from West Belfast to the city centre proclaimed overtly political demands; and on that it is those “prehistoric” unionist politicians who will need to be convinced on advancing those demands.

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  6. Comment on Was Ireland fatally wounded in 1916?
    on 19 April 2014 at 5:09 pm

    So cycling around the Glens is it Seaan? Depending on your route you might just pass my place.

    I’ll keep my eye out for you on the roads. I’ll be the one in the (what else) large 4×4. Can’t all be doing with this save the planet malarkey. ;)

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  7. Comment on Was Ireland fatally wounded in 1916?
    on 19 April 2014 at 2:35 pm

    …… well that’s all very fascinating and, um, oh, fascinating…

    I’m not going to bore you with tales from my side of history, Planter Product through and through (and still holding the land even though, green grow the rushes oh, the best times I spend are spent amongst the lassies – and with horses to boot!)

    Now it would I’m sure be pleasant to sit around with not a thought about “shekels”, knitting my own carbon free future and thinking Great Culturally Uplifting Thoughts (albeit utilising English, base tool as it is) but I fear those worthy contemplations are not for dullards such as I.

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  8. Comment on AN LÁ DEARG was an expression of both a growing sense of anger
    on 19 April 2014 at 2:14 pm

    As much as it appears that to cry ‘discrimination’ is the default setting for many in the Irish Language Lobby I return to my original point.

    If a parent wants their child educated in the Irish Medium then go for it! Have them follow the lead you say was pursued by Colaiste Feirste and put their hands in their own pockets.

    And please!!! I can do without the condescension. I’m well aware that Irish is not the preserve of one community (no matter how much ‘that’ community tries to imply Irish speaker = Irish nationalist).

    However that being said it would be, at best, disingenuous not to recognise that playing partisan politics by some of the language’s ‘champions’, something many if not all in the Irish language community has been pretty quite about, has not helped a genuine apolitical development of Irish.

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  9. Comment on Was Ireland fatally wounded in 1916?
    on 19 April 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I’m confident that all those ready to queue for ‘their’ land back will have gone through their own family archives and will bring along the legal title.

    Or could it be that the Lordly ‘owners’ of the property had skipped the country (perhaps as a result of some unfortunate entanglements with the Saxon Foe?) and left their peasantry to fend for themselves?

    Back in the day confiscating land seems to have been a fairly widespread and common payback for those who had such assets, and who found themselves on the losing side.

    I expect that the poor sods who did the actual work mostly got on with things under the new management (with no doubt over the years a growing romanticised nostalgia for the ‘good old days’).

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  10. Comment on A tale of two wars (well two divergent accounts of the same war)…
    on 19 April 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Nationalist terrorists felt they retained the ‘right’ to use violence. (and they regarded violence as a ‘right’ exclusive to them as they did get a bit shirty when their serve was returned) Those who were active in the late sixties were merely following a template set down (not for the first time) in Easter 1916 and later at Soloheadbeg in 1919.

    The template required a ‘blood sacrifice’ (preferably the blood of other people) with no though given to peaceful options.

    I expect they were, and some remain, deluded enough to believe that by unleashing violence their fanciful notion of ‘Brits Out’ of Ireland (aka unionist fellow countrymen and women) would emerge from the smoke and carnage.

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