"If only the paddies could just conveniently forget and forgive the state-sanctioned murder of members of their community then we all can put this nasty business behind us" If you want truth and reconciliation, first you need the truth.
May 5, 2021 - A “Margaret Thatcher Square” sign in Madrid was replaced with “Bobby Sands Square” by an activist on the 40th anniversary of Sands' death. The Irish independence fighter died on a hunger strike in prison to pressure British PM Thatcher to give back political status to Irish Republican prisoners. [link]
On the morning of 24 July 2013 the beautiful Dutch training vessel The Astrid struck rocks off the Cork coast at Ballymacus near Kinsale, Ireland, after suffering engine failure. All 30 persons on board were rescued. By John Finn 2013
The denuded remains of a Neolithic Passage tomb at Knockroe, Co. Kilkenny. Like its more famous cousin at Newgrange, this tomb also has a Winter Solstice alignment, but in this instance it is the sunset rather than the sunrise which illuminates the interior. Circa 5000 years old, the monument contains a fine collection of megalithic art, with circa 30 decorated stones present. In the early 1990s an archaeological excavation by Muiris O'Sullivan and crew revealed the presence of cremated human remains in the passage chambers. These deposits were accompanied by a variety of grave goods including pottery, flint scrapers, antler pins and bone beads.
I love my English lectures but one thing that genuinely upsets me is seeing how many works of Irish literature are claimed as or assumed to be “British literature”. Like Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde and Seamus Heaney weren’t British artists...they were Irish. Why does Britain get to take credit for Irish pieces???