Pól Ó Lorcáin
Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

The election - a better result than first appears for the left.

Tiocfaidh ár mbláth - Our flower will bloom

Only the vainglorious ranks of Irish journalism could contrive to turn a vote for a fairly middle ground party like Fianna Fáil into a protest vote against an unrepresentative and out of touch media. For, does anyone doubt that the hounding of Bertie Ahern by the media over alleged personal payments and events surrounding the break up of his marriage
(see amongst many others for ex. -
along with the Irish media's ridiculous appointment of Enda Kenny as a possible alternative Taoiseach, made many sensible people look at what was happening and decide that they were not happy. Léigh an t-alt uilig - Read Full Article....

The DUP prodigal sheriff rides into town. Let's all support the new sheriff!

Sheriff Paisley
Sheriff Paisley

As two more leading lights in the DUP – Members of Parliament Peter Robinson and Jeffrey Donaldson – are co-opted onto England’s Privy Council, the DUP is claiming that it will now have access to secret intelligence on the IRA and loyalist paramilitaries from MI5 and other security agencies.
According to the BBC (see for example), the party has said the move will “help it judge whether republicans remain committed to peaceful means”. Now here at Cic Saor, we stood up and applauded when the DUP “crossed the road” and shook the hand of the Fenian Devil recently (well not literally but they are edging towards it), and if the DUP now wants to ensure the rule of law and “peaceful means” we believe that it should be fully supported despite the mistrust that has dogged our mutual past.
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County Manchester

Most people in Ireland identify with their county of origin, first of all, and then with the country itself. Or put another way, when Irish people are questioned by their compatriots as to their origins they will invariably say - I am a Galway man, or a Mayo women, a Kerry man and so on. Further enquiries then elicit more information about their place of birth in the relevant county.
This fierce regionalism is on a par with certain parts of Italy and Spain where certain dialects or cultures set a region apart from its near neighbours. Napoli is a good example in Italy. Napoli is a beautiful and vibrant harbour city which possesses a distinct regional loyalty and culture. Likewise, the province of Andalusia in Spain has always had a somewhat separate identity from the rest of Spain, although this is being literally smothered, year by year, in a vast outpouring of concrete for the benefit of tourists who are usually seeking anything but a separate culture from the one they left at home.
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