"People ignorant of one another’s existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same."
October 24, 2015
wrote in his book 1984:
October 23, 2015
For the etymology of 'Garden Centre Prod', Professor Greta Jones explains:
October 22, 2015
|The Queen’s visit to Dublin with well dressed women in attendance, Merrion Square (1900) (more here)|
"Irish-Ireland wrote and talked as if it assumed that the battle [the Easter Rising of 1916] would be over once Dublin with its garrison of dentists’ wives had surrendered."
October 21, 2015
Catholic Unionists and the question: Does a functioning Northern Ireland turn soft nationalists into soft unionists?
"Northern Ireland's high-flying Catholics are not necessarily the ones old-fashioned Catholic nationalists would hope for and old-fashioned Protestant unionists would contemplate with dread and terror."
October 06, 2015
|By Ian Knox|
October 05, 2015
|Martin Luther, theologian (1483–1546)|
I'm a Protestant atheist, a cultural Calvinist. The Reformation brought to the world the Protestant faith and the Protestant culture of individual autonomy, enterprise, trade and self-direction. Being a Protestant and an atheist is not an oxymoron.
Christopher Hitchens said, "I'm a Protestant atheist." Gore Vidal said:
"I am an atheist but I am powerfully influenced by the protestantism with which I was brought up. We must bear witness to what we do and to what the nation does."
October 03, 2015
|The banker from the film Calvary who personifies vulgar excess and the lingering ascendency in Ireland|
October 02, 2015
|The IRFU flag|
Terence O'Neill was asked in an interview in 1965 with Telefís Éireann, 'Prime. Minister, when Ireland is playing England, in a Rugby International for instance, what do you feel, as Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, as somebody from Northern Ireland?' Terence O’Neill responded:Jack Kyle said:
"I think we all feel the same and we all cheer for Ireland and we always have done."The interviewer John O’Donohue continued: 'You don’t find any awkwardness in questions of allegiances when Rugby is being played?' Terence O’Neill returned:
"No, certainly not."
"That was the wonderful thing about [Irish rugby, the absence of religion]. When the various unions were splitting up, the Irish Rugby Union said: “we play as one country”. Those of us from Ulster were very fortunate that happened. It was also a much greater honour for us to play for the whole country. I think it says a lot that during all the Troubles, never once did a southern side fail to come north or a northern side fail to go south."
Every election in Northern Ireland is a plebiscite for loyalty, a referendum for Irish unity. As such, the question of a united Ireland is always in conversation. It was addressed in August 2015 by Alex Kane here and Andy Pollak here, both cultural protestants from Northern Ireland. The two took the opposing view to the other.
Alex Kane wrote in the Irish News, August 21 2015, 'Why I would not stay if north became part of a united Ireland':
October 01, 2015
The Provisional IRA may have persuaded Britain to the negotiating table, however their relentless campaign of homicide powerfully dissuaded Irish unification and effectively rendered extinct protestants who self-identified as Irish. That fact alone speaks for how the armed separatism was not only immoral and wrong, but also spectacularly counterproductive. What justification is there for the PIRA armed campaign of destruction of persons and property if the result was to dissuade and create a vehement rejection of being Irish among the very people who they wanted to be Irish in an Irish Republic?
Brian Kennaway said:
"[IRA violence] knocked the Irish heart out of Ulster Protestants."