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From South down but living in South Armagh. Wouldn't be super knowledgeable on politics but have opinions none the less

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Nollaig Shona Duit

Tue 13 December 2011, 10:00am

Tweet There are currently 6000 languages in the world. Of these 6000 according to UNESCO approximately 85% are in danger of ceasing to exist within a generation. As everyone with a second language knows a language is more than a way to say the same thing in a different way, language creates short cuts in […] more »

What does this say about us all?

Fri 2 December 2011, 2:03pm

Tweet I was on the way home yesterday evening at around 6. While driving along through Camlough I saw an old lady on the side of the Road, just at the mini roundabout with her thumb out. It seemed very odd for a pitch black December night and the thermometer on the car was reading […] more »

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  1. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 14 April 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I’v been going to Gaa matches for 30 years and I have never read that. I doubt very much that any of the UUJ students have either. But now that I have read it I still dont see why it should lead to students being told not to wear GAA jerseys.

    So what, in all the 220 pages of that doccument there are three words I can see that might be contrivertial, “National Minded manhood”. And manhood is the one I see most issue with. I doubt most of the women who do powerful work in the GAA would like to be overlooked in that way.

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  2. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 14 April 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Ok the majority don’t study sports, a fair ammount however do and I stand by the rest of what I said.

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  3. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 14 April 2014 at 1:55 pm


    For a long time the GAA was the only thing catholics and nationalists had to keep them bonded as a community in large parts of the North during a period of adversity, as such there is no wonder that there are traces of this in the GAA’s ethos. That ethos is part of the GAA story and history and telling students not to wear GAA tops is not going to change that. As you put it so well Unionism is at loggerheads with the GAA by default. There is no point in anyone pretending there is more to it than that.

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  4. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 14 April 2014 at 12:59 pm

    This is the biggest load of nonsense. In a university where the majority of student study sports related courses to try to ban the tops of the sport that the majority of those play is ridiculous. It is like banning american football merchandise from notre dame.

    The GAA has come a long way and made a big effort in trying to be as nutral as possible and Unionisms respose is to try to ban GAA tops. Unionism was at loggerheads with the GAA long before the IRA existed so I don’t accept that the 0.1% of Gaa clubs which have a name related to violent republicanism has anything to do with it. It is intolerance and an attempted return to domination.

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  5. Comment on Sinn Féin to the fore for the photo, to the rear of the movement
    on 12 April 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Was very annoyed and frustrated when I took a look at the bbc news this evening on returning from the parade. There were at least 50 separate organizations taking part in the protest today from voluntary community language groups to parents of children attending Gaelscoilleana, to groups about to have funding cut by Foras na Gaeilge That one photo of a line of SF politicians behind a banner on the BBC website shows how low standards have sunk in that news organization. an estimated 10,000 people made the effort to be in Belfast today. My camera is full of photos showing people dresses in red stretching along the street as far as the eye can see. Old and young, making noise creating a spectacle, singing songs. Whoever thought that that one image could sum up today was either an Idiot or has an agenda.

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  6. Comment on A reminder that “nations and states can evolve as well as endure…”
    on 8 April 2014 at 12:45 pm

    just listening to the complete BS from the BBC in their live coverage. How did those two guys with a complete oversimplified view of British Irish relations ever get to comentate on the visit?

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  7. Comment on GAA/Sky: Armchair viewers can always get off their backsides and go to a match
    on 4 April 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I think this is a further departure from the founding ethos of the GAA and a further commercialization and professionalization of what is proudly the largest amateur sporting organization in the world.

    I would say my attendance to television viewing of matches would be 50:50. A few years ago I would have gone to all Downs inter county league and championship matches along with some of Armagh’s. Due to young children this is no longer possible and I like to have the option of watching matches on tv.

    I am uneasy with a big company like sky profiteering on the sweat of amateurs and volunteers.

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  8. Comment on Cara Park: “Continue the fight for equality in the face of casual misogyny, physical misogyny and, most importantly, resist and revolt against misogyny by the state.” #AMU (video added)
    on 13 March 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Sorry, correction 38 weeks, should be the cut off point according to cara. Listening to the interview I get the impression that Cara speaks more from the heart than the head. Her points seem to always start well and reasonable but get increasingly muddled, tangential, incoherent and radical as she keeps talking.

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  9. Comment on Cara Park: “Continue the fight for equality in the face of casual misogyny, physical misogyny and, most importantly, resist and revolt against misogyny by the state.” #AMU (video added)
    on 13 March 2014 at 12:16 pm

    On Raidio na gaeltachta Cara is asked what her primary objective is, what she would like to achieve politiaclly from the speech she made. Her response is firstly Abortion available across the Island and secondly women to be nicer to eachother. The part which I personally have the most difficuty with is what she says next, that abortin should be available on demand untill firstly she says 30, then 32 before finally settleing on 28 Weeks. This is pretty extreme. I personally know someone who was born at 24 weeks and is perfectly healthy. I personally find this view very disturbing.

    She also states that “embrios” have no rights untill they emerge from the womb (I don’t agree thet the term embrio, adequately describes a baby at 28 weeks gestation) and if you dont have a womb you have no right to tell someone with a womb what to do.

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