Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

“It’s a big con job. We have sold the myth of Dublin as a sexy place incredibly well; because it is a dreary little dump most of the time.” – Roddy Doyle, Irish author of The Commitments. Johnson Controls is merging with Tyco and moving the corporate headquarters to Ireland. It’s an “inversion” deal, which […]

The Wall Street Journal reports today on a successful lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch InBev because of the false impression Becks is brewed in Germany. Beck’s used to be brewed in Germany, owned by local German families until 2002 when it was sold to Belgium’s Interbrew, which then merged with Brazil’s AmBev, to become InBev, which in […]

Dara O Briain laughs at the short memories of the English. Print this entry

Easter, 1916 William Butler Yeats I HAVE met them at close of day Coming with vivid faces From counter or desk among grey Eighteenth-century houses. I have passed with a nod of the head Or polite meaningless words, Or have lingered awhile and said Polite meaningless words, And thought before I had done Of a […]

“Chieftains” are no more. (Thks: Owen) The Osseo-Fairchild School District in western Wisconsin was ordered Tuesday to drop its Chieftains nickname and logo after the state determined it was race-based and promoted discrimination and harassment. The state Department of Public Instruction’s first-of-its-kind order comes under a new state law that went into effect in May. […]

Vice President Joe Biden offered a blessing to the Irish Prime Minister’s late mother. Nice, but she’s still alive. According to the Associated Press, Biden realized his mistake, offered a blessing to the Prime Minister’s late father, and then said, “a silent mouth is sweet to hear.” He probably learned that Irish saying from President […]

Jimmy Rabbitte: Do you not get it, lads? The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once, say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud. Unemployment Official: Mr. Rabbitte, you’ve been collecting unemployment benefit for two years. […]

Also from The Catholic Encyclopedia: The beautiful prayer of St. Patrick, popularly known as “St. Patrick’s Breast-Plate”, is supposed to have been composed by him in preparation for this victory over Paganism. The following is a literal translation from the old Irish text: I bind to myself today The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity: I believe the Trinity in […]

The text of the Easter Proclamation Poblacht na h Éireann The Provisional Government of the Irish Republic To the people of Ireland. IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes […]

~ THE PATH TO FREEDOM~ Notes by General Michael Collins August, 1922 WHY BRITAIN SOUGHT IRISH PEACE Her Failure to Subjugate Us: Making of the Treaty. Peace with Ireland, or a good case for further, and what would undoubtedly have been more intensive, war, had become a necessity to the British Cabinet. Politicians of both […]