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Manchán Magan’s ‘Oddballs: A Novel of Affections’: Book Review

Sat 4 May 2013, 9:26pm

Tweet A skilled chronicler in travel narratives and documentaries of those who wander the fringes, Manchán Magan’s debut novel follows four characters on the fringe. Two of them, teenaged Rachel and her quasi-aunt Charlotte, collide after a long estrangement in New Hampshire, and take off on Charlotte’s Wiccan pilgrimage to ye olde England of, as […] more »

Expect an influx of social energisers and culturally curious tourists in 2013 … as well as the G8 leaders

Wed 5 December 2012, 6:08pm
Niall Gibbons Arlene Foster

Tweet Slugger readers in Great Britain who fall into the marketing segments of “social energisers” and “culturally curious” should expect to see adverts tempting them across the shuck Irish Sea in 2013 to “explore the landscapes, history and culture we have on offer”. social energisers = 18-34, no kids; heavy social networkers; often living in […] more »

Snap, Craickle and Pop: The Controversy of Popular Gaelicisation

Wed 2 May 2012, 10:11am

Tweet Ever since Ireland was told that the black stuff might not be Irish, but rather a porter stout from Covent Garden, the country has descended into a frantic state of uncertain soul-searching and impassioned reflection to clarify once and for all what is actually ‘Irish’ (potatoes, Gaelic Storm, and Saint Patrick aside).   But […] more »

“I wouldn’t suggest that the executive’s programme for government is quite so meaningless…”

Wed 5 October 2011, 2:01pm

Tweet The once and future Northern Ireland deputy First Minister, and Sinn Féin’s candidate in the Irish Presidential race, Martin McGuinness, MP, MLA, is keen to promote his “strong  track record in seeking Foreign Direct Investment, leading important Trade Missions and attracting investment and jobs”.  But, as Mark Devenport highlights from the leaked draft programme for […] more »

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