Frank Schnittger

The State of Irish Rugby Union 2024

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As the end of a thirteen month 15 man rugby season has arrived, it seems like a good time to review the season as a whole. Although many will point to our failure to get beyond our World Cup quarterfinal …

Andy Pollak

Quiet Streets, Restless Hearts: The North’s Complicated Peace…

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The results of the British general election in Northern Ireland confirmed what we already know. The DUP is in deep trouble: the loss of three of its heartland seats in Lagan Valley (the constituency of its former leader Sir Jeffrey …

Brian O’Neill

Why do we have such as issue with delinquent teenagers?

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I was on holiday in Italy last week. One of the many things that struck me was how well-behaved their teenagers were. Many of them milled around in the park, enjoying the warm summer nights. Not threatening anyone, not hassling …

Soapbox

The Politics of Hostility: thoughts on the attempted assassination of Donald Trump…

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Maurice Macartney is the author of Combinations: Denominations, democracy and the politics of nonviolence, Rowman and Littlefield, 2024 Donald Trump, blood streaking his face, rises above the security agents trying to rush him to safety and raises a fist in …

Arnold Carton

Northern Ireland. A Two-Party State?

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Last week on Twitter, there was a debate about whether or not the SDLP should have run a candidate in East Londonderry? SF supporters argued that their candidate would have won the seat, if only the SDLP had dropped out; …

Jason Conlon

Donald Trump assassination attempt: a stunning moment of disbelief…

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The image of a bloodied, stunned and still very much alive Donald Trump shaking a fist in the air will go down as one of the most shocking, iconic and epoch-defining moments of this century. I fully endorse President Trump …

Brian O’Neill

Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

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The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. Discover more from Slugger O'Toole Subscribe to get the latest posts sent to your email. Type your …

Brian O’Neill

Open sunday – politics free zone…

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In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Discover more from Slugger O'Toole Subscribe to get the latest posts sent to …

Frank Schnittger

Live Blog: Second Test: South Africa 24 Ireland 25 f/t.

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An unchanged South African XXIII with the highest number of caps ever faces up against an Ireland team missing 6 world class players – Keenan, Gibson Park, Hansen. Aki, Casey, Sheehan – and with Captain O’Mahony dropped to the bench. …

Soapbox

Ireland’s Future: A “Cold House” for all faiths?

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Colm Ó Cionnaith is currently a Peace Studies MA student in the HJI Grad School of Peace and Public Leadership and Secretary General of UPF Ireland. Picture it: Oldbridge, Co. Meath, Ireland, July 12th, 2050, unified and at peace with herself …

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