The Roader’s Digest
is ‘the most complete archive of information on the British and Irish road networks on the web.’ from the A1
to the R999
; from the B3306
to the B855
, they probably have a description of it. [more inside]
The Dead Zoo Gang
"Over the last several years, millions of dollars worth of antique rhino horns have been stolen from natural history museum collections around the world. The only thing more unusual than the crimes is the theory about who is responsible: A handful of families from rural Ireland known as the Rathkeale Rovers." (Via
The Bluffer's guide to Irish folk:
20 songs from the last 50-odd years of Irish traditional music.
A translated version of Avicii's "Wake Me Up"
recently broke the record for highest number of views for an Irish language video. It's just the most popular example of the headline
music videos being made at Coláiste Lurgan, an Irish language summer school for teenagers. Their other popular videos include An tAdh 'Nocht (Get Lucky)
, Tóg Amach Mé (Wagon Wheel)
, and Amhrán na gCupán (When I'm Gone)
. Interview with the school's manager here
, setting out his mission. See more songs on YouTube
Perhaps the greatest Irish band in history.
They came from Liverpool, a city with an Irish population so large that it's known as "The Real Capitol of Ireland
," and with an accent, "Scouse," that betrays its Irish influence
. There were four in the band, and three were of Irish descent. [more inside]
is a photographic collection by artist Michael Fortune documenting the regional Irish habit of erecting stuff animals wearing local Gaelic sporting colours as territorial markers. [more inside]
What kind of an Eeget are ya?
Not sure what MeFi will make of this wry little monologue, or indeed what the World-Wide World will make of the chap's accent, but it has humour, and truth, and I know plenty of people who 'spake' just like that...
Hailed as heroes in Mexico for fighting with and defending the country against American invasion and reviled as traitors in the US for desertion, about 50 Irish immigrants were hung en masse after defeat in the Mexican-American War. A musical collaboration by The Chieftains, Ry Cooder and Latino musicians tell the history of the 'San Patricios'
. (Related NPR story
) For more background on the San Patricios, the fascinating documentary Saol John Riley, part 1
and part 2
follows Kerry singer songwriter Charlie O'Brien as he revisits sites associated with Patricio leader John Riley to discover the revolutionary hero's fate. [more inside]
Conceived at the Global Irish Economic Forum
in 2009 as a way to engage with the Irish diaspora,
the Irish government's Certificate of Irish Heritage
program opened to applicants this fall. The €40 (€100 framed) certificate is a document that officially recognizes one's Irish heritage, and is aimed at those with Irish ancestry who do not qualify for Irish citizenship. Though initial reports indicated some tourist discounts would be attached,
it confers no legal or financial benefits. [more inside]
"So I admire those artists that are actually spiritually concerned. And have the balls to be concerned about that, and not concerned with fuckin’ George Bush’s dick. It’s very hard to sing when you’ve got someone’s dick in your mouth.”
She shoots a mischievous grin before adding, 'I’ve tried.'" Sinéad O’Connor
on the pope, her music, dating, buying condoms, and everything in between.
"Today we're talking to a real Irishman about the financial crisis in Ireland - so what exactly is going on over there?"
"Do you really want to know? Well I'll tell you"
A remarkable and succint description of where we are post global recession. Warning - quite sweary.
] is, at the time of writing, under acute psychiatric care in a Belfast hospital, after a BBC Northern Ireland documentary revealed that she had, at the age of 59, solicited £50,000 from two property developers to help fund a business run by her 19-year-old lover, Kirk McCambley.
is the face and name most often associated with The Pogues
. Unraveling Shane's psyche would require a book-length study but the crux of his identity lies somewhere in that conflict between English experience and Irish heritage.
The abbreviated story of his life starts with his birth in England, but he was raised in Ireland, and moved back to England some years later. He won a scholarship to the renowned Westminster School, where he was possibly enrolled alongside Thomas Dolby and other notable people
. MacGowan was involved with drugs and publicized hooliganery
before being in a band, the first of which was The Nipple Erectors
in 1977. [more inside]
The Táin lithographs
In 1967 Louis le Brocquy
was commissioned to illustrate Thomas Kinsella's translation of the great Irish prose epic the Táin Bó Cuailnge
. The resulting collaborative volume
is widely acknowledged as the great Irish Livre d'Artiste of the twentieth century
; Le Brocquy's "brush drawings merged seamlessly with the text; stark, fluent images
, they expressed with great economy of means an epic breadth, evoking the movement of vast masses of people
. Individual participants in the drama were also pulled into close focus
Casual fans of Irish folk-punk bands like The Pogues
, Flogging Molly
and the Dropkick Murphys
rarely take the time to investigate the sources of their inspiration. Those who do, cannot avoid coming across the The Dubliners
. [more inside]
During the middle
of the 19th Century, a series of factors combined to create a new Irish patriotic movement
. This organization was a revolutionary group
dedicated to the overthrow
of British rule in Ireland. It had its roots in both the United States and Ireland and was popularly known as The Fenian Movement
, in honour
of the Fianna
, the ancient Irish warriors
"The Parting Glass: An Annotated Pogues Lyrics Page".
Irish Marshall Arts.
Will we see a new wave of films with high-flying Gaelic masters of fighting?
Captain of Irish World Cup squad Keane sent home
This is big
news here in Ireland. He's our best player - he keeps the team together on the pitch. But after some incidents in the past couple of days, and some prima donna style behaviour (something he's always been known for), he's been told to feck off.
I think the manager did the right thing, but I can't help thinking that our chances of getting out of our group have been diminished...
The Green Fields of Vietnam
There was an interesting program aired tonight on RTE (Irish TV), about Irish born soliders who fought in the Vietnam War. Although only one Irish born solider is officially listed as having been killed, there were 20 others, who gave their US address when they enlisted. It's believed that 2000 Irish born men served in that conflict (they had emigrated and a Greencard means you can be conscripted) but the vast majority of these remain unknown.
I'd like to wish a happy St. Patricks Day
to Irish readers, Irish-Americans, Irish-Britons, Irish-Australians, Irish-New Zealanders, and whoever is of Irish descent. And if you don't have Irish blood, go to the pub, drink some Guinness and you soon will!
Muhammad O' Ali.
Geneologists have uncovered his Irish roots. His great grandfather was an Irish emigree who married an African American woman in Kentucky.
Irish Students' Drinking Linked to Dropout Rates --
38 gallons of beer per year on average leading to a almost 1/3 student dropout .. but its ok because "per capita consumption of alcohol was higher at the bar in the Irish parliament than in student pubs."