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Charlie and the crew
donegal / history and heritage / news report Friday July 07, 2006 23:30 by SpunOut.ie crew   image 1 image
Celtic warriors, old Irish saints, famous wells, High Kings palaces and rare old bridges all came to life recently in the Ballintra-Laghey area when a group of primary school children went on a mystery heritage tour. The tour was organised by youth worker Paul McGroary and staff from the Ballintra-Laghey Cross Community Youth Project with the support of Keith Corcoran from Community Creations and special guest Charlie Gallagher.
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dublin / history and heritage / press release Thursday June 29, 2006 07:29 by secretary@tarawatch.org   image 1 image
The first appearance before the Supreme Court for the Hill of Tara / M3 motorway case will take place Thursday, 29th June, at 11.00AM. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / press release Wednesday June 21, 2006 14:03 by Mark G   text 2 comments (last - thursday june 22, 2006 01:08)
USI wants street signs, maps and other notices to be designed in such a way that traditional place names are not made subordinate to the English versions. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Saturday June 17, 2006 10:27 by Sean Crudden   text 1 comment (last - saturday june 17, 2006 22:52)
We buried him darkly at dead of night,
The sods with our bayonets turning,
By the struggling moonbeam's misty light
And the lanthorn dimly burning. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Monday June 12, 2006 16:00 by SK
Kevin Myers and 1916. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 07, 2006 22:10 by B Ó Ruairc   text 48 comments (last - monday june 12, 2006 03:35)   image 1 image
Who are Sinn Fein?

Why those you may be thinking of clearly aren't. read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / news report Tuesday June 06, 2006 20:48 by †††††††††   text 15 comments (last - wednesday september 25, 2013 14:30)   image 2 images
As most us of us know, the 6th day of the 6th month of Two thousand and..............6
has seen Fox news launch their "Omen remake" and fundamentalists throughout Eire have flocked to school-yards to check the kids for nits and headlice "just in case".

It also has given Joseph Ratzinger an ocassion to be homophobic, anti-feminist, preach who ought have babies, and mention abortion. (Great timing there.) read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Sunday June 04, 2006 20:19 by iosaf mac diarmada   text 4 comments (last - monday june 05, 2006 21:45)
It has been long observed that people for some reason on their non-banking days readily absorb shite about Dangerous Places, Famous People, Sensible Saving Options, Holidays, Interesting facts, Sport results, Media, gardening and health as well looking ahead at “democratic evolution” and looking back at "how history was made".

Very special & very short edition this one, if you're reading this in Ireland or are one of the Irish Diasporia -


You are now one of the Establishment, in the period from the 23rd of May to the 2nd of June all the Irish people joined ranks & played their part to be the Regime. We are all Brainy. I am thus giving you all tips today - so you can go on being "Brainy".

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meath / history and heritage / press release Saturday June 03, 2006 03:06 by Con Connor   text 15 comments (last - friday march 21, 2008 18:47)   image 2 images
On Saturday, the 13th of May 2006, the day of the Full Moon of Beltine, the Opus Dei Lismullin Institute charged E50 to hear an all day talk about Opus Dei's plans for our Celtic Heritage. Opus Dei's Lismullin Institute in the high valley of the Royal City of Celtic Tara (supported by the state funded Heritage Council) managed to keep everyone silent about the 'problem'. No one was allowed to mention the 'M' word (M3 dual toll road motorway) as there was a dictate (in their promotion) that - "The cut off at 2000 AD is chosen to exclude discussion of the proposed route of the M3 Motorway and to leave more time for learning about the history and traditions associated with the Valley". Those who force this toll road have an agenda that restricts free speech. read full story / add a comment
meath / history and heritage / press release Saturday June 03, 2006 02:58 by Con Connor   text 30 comments (last - friday july 28, 2006 02:13)   image 3 images
Edain Echraidhe is her Gaelic name; her home is the high valley between the hills of Tara and Skryne in the Royal City of Celtic Ireland. This high valley holds a sacred stream called the Gabhra (pronounced gow-ra), which means the white mare. The Gabhra Valley was free range for the White Mare of our Celtic ancestors who came from northern Spain. In Cymru (Wales), she is called Rhiannon, and the Celts of Gaul (France) called her Epona and in a chalk hill in Oxford (England) many people today say that the giant image of the Uffington Horse is a Celtic Horse Goddess. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / news report Thursday June 01, 2006 18:34 by chris murray   text 1 comment (last - thursday june 01, 2006 20:17)
The Strategic infrastructure Bill , published in Feburary of this year by Mr Dick Roche
TD is to be pushed through the houses of the Oireachtas next week. No date for the debate has been set, but it is an attempt to regain public confidence in the wake of the Statutory Rape debacle.
The bill allows for the creation of a separate entity within An Bord Pleanala which will fast-track infrastructure projects which are judged Strategic.( Or Contentious). read full story / add a comment
offaly / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Tuesday May 30, 2006 17:03 by Pat Muldowney   text 74 comments (last - friday june 19, 2009 19:58)   image 2 images
Alan Stanley’s book describes the death of the Pearson brothers using a variety of sources:
(1) The contemporary (July 7 1921) account in the Unionist newspaper “The King’s County Chronicle, Parsonstown” (King’s County and Parsonstown are, respectively, Co. Offaly and Birr) which quotes their sister Matilda Pearson on her brothers’ death and the burning of their house;
(2) A 1983 description by a surviving Pearson brother David Pearson in Australia;
(3) A summary of descriptions of those events by William Stanley who was with the Pearson brothers when they were arrested and who subsequently lived in Carlow until his death in 1981;
(4) A number of comments gathered by Alan Stanley, mostly from Protestant neighbours and relatives of the Pearsons after 1981, and principally from Tom Mitchell of Kinnitty near Coolacrease.

The page numbers refer to the edition of Stanley's book published July 2005.
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leitrim / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Tuesday May 30, 2006 13:13 by woman   text 9 comments (last - sunday march 30, 2008 16:46)
Historic movies about ireland seem to always make it big on the big screen but at what costs? Whose authorisation is required ? What about the famine? The mass grave where 5000 poor of the district were buried near my house is also a story to tell! Why can't a fim maker make a movie about the great famine? So that Irish Americans can see what their forefathers lived through before emigrating to the USA. This is a story that needs to be told! From the fact that the people were to starve, food supplies they needed withdrawn from them, workhouses, emigration aboard coffun ships etc. The world needs to know!!! read full story / add a comment
Cllr Keith Martin, Dail Candidate Harry Barrett and Cllr Johnny Mee laying the wreath
mayo / history and heritage / news report Saturday May 27, 2006 19:25 by Cllr Keith Martin   text 10 comments (last - tuesday may 30, 2006 14:17)   image 1 image
A wreath was laid at the foot of the monument which marks the 2nd meeting of what would become the Land League, which took place there in 1879. It was at this meeting that Davitt and Parnell first addressed the public together. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / news report Tuesday May 23, 2006 18:07 by Liam Ó Maoláin   text 3 comments (last - friday may 26, 2006 05:23)
Whilst making a TV documentary on the effects immigrants are having on the Irish church, I interviewed Father Kevin Doran of Glendalough Parish. Kevin is also one of the Vocation directors of the Dublin diocese, and he has previously spoken on behalf of the Catholic Church in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
Walkers at the start of the Afri Famine Walk
mayo / history and heritage / news report Tuesday May 23, 2006 01:22 by Tadhg   image 5 images

The event commemorates an incident in 1849 where starving victims of the Great Hunger were forced to walk through a night of freezing snow in the hope of receiving food aid from the British authorities. Estimates vary of how many people died on the death march and shortly after, but the night is still remembered as an occasion of terrible loss of life in the area.

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national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Thursday May 18, 2006 20:49 by Fiachra O!   text 1 comment (last - friday may 19, 2006 14:20)   image 1 image
Deirdre Ní Chonghaile from the Aran Islands sent this in to the Irish Times just before Easter and it wasn't published it. I thought it was brilliant when she showed me so I'm posting it here with her consent. Enjoy.
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national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Monday May 15, 2006 17:42 by Scot MacCreamhain
Short commemorative article on the Irishmen of the International Brigades
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national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Saturday May 13, 2006 10:14 by Manus O'Riordan   text 5 comments (last - friday august 01, 2008 11:14)
Eoin O’Duffy – A Self-Made Hero by Fearghal McGarry, Oxford University Press, 2005, €35/£25

Fearghal McGarry first made his mark as a historian with Irish Politics and the Spanish Civil War (1999), described by me as “the definitive textbook on the subject” in the Fall 2003 issue of Irish Literary Supplement. This was in the context of a review of his second book, Frank Ryan (2002), a biography criticised as both disappointing and sensationalist, with little evidence of the depth of research and analysis required to do justice to its subject. The hope was nonetheless expressed that the author’s future work would demonstrate a return to the “high standards of scholarship, balanced presentation and conscientious evaluation” that he had previously shown. read full story / add a comment
Bobby Sands Street in Tehran (prior to his death this was Winston Churchill Street)
international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Friday May 05, 2006 18:21 by erse   text 3 comments (last - friday may 05, 2006 23:24)   image 3 images
25 years ago today after a hunger strike of 66 days, Robert Gerard Sands more commonly known as Bobby Sands died. He had been born on the 9th of March 1954 and was only 27 when he died.

He was serving a 14 year sentance for possession of firearms, a pistol which had been found in car in which he and 4 others had been travelling. His trial in 1977 saw other charges relating to a bomb which had been planted nearby the car dropped for lack of evidence. It was not his first experience of imprisonment. He had joined the IRA in 1972 and that same year been interned and held without trial till 1976. Of his 27 years' life, only 17 were spent in freedom.

Ireland as they say - was different then. read full story / add a comment
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