Category: Ireland

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A different kind of Queen’s message…

Not that queen. This one. Panti Bliss - the newly-crowned Queen of Ireland. Merry Christmas Panti! http://youtu.be/4vH6vEndT1A  

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Irish cadets who performed at JFK funeral to offer final salute

Irish cadets who performed at JFK funeral to offer final salute An interesting article tweeted by the Irish Embassy in Washington this morning. Remembering the Irish Army cadets who stood by JFK's graveside in 1963: For hours the young cadets waited, standing at attention by the freshly dug grave - a striking tableau in their ...

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Flashback: Technicolour Dublin

I'm in the middle of a massive household sort and clear-out mission this weekend, all in preparation for moving house in the coming weeks. I came across a box of the most amazing old postcards from Ireland. I have a vague memory of getting these from my grandmother in Dublin and have had them in ...

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Eurovision 2010: Ireland

Ireland chose its entrant for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest last night. Although I left Ireland's shores some 11 years ago, I still retain a keen interest in the acts the Irish public sends off to (possible) Eurovision glory. My interest was sparked by Linda Martin's win back in 1992, which began a chain of ...

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To lose one minister is unfortunate…

Another day, another resignation from the Irish Government. Junior minister Trevor Sargent of the Green Party (aka Fianna Fail's be-atches) resigned in the Dail today, his resignation speech lasting under two minutes. It was dignified, but I find it hard to feel any sympathy for him or his colleagues in the Green Party, who are ...

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So long, farewell…

The Irish Minister for Defence has resigned. Willie O'Dea, possibly one of the most annoying people on the Irish political scene, had to resign after swearing a false affidavit before the High Court. It was definitely the correct thing to do, but was virtually forced out of the cabinet by his party's coalition partners in ...

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Is it cos I is Irish?

Reporting a nonsensical charge of racism between a Conservative Councillor and a union rep of Irish extraction, the Telegraph has allowed its online readership to revel in an orgy of Irish-bashing jokes. I'm not for one minute surprised. The councillor in question made a harmless Irish joke in the general direction of a Unison rep, ...

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Adding insult to injury…

The Iris Robinson saga continues. As her husband recuses himself form the office of First Minister of Northern Ireland while a (semi) independent investigation is carried out, further details have emerged about the extent of her cheating. According to today's Sunday Tribune: Meanwhile, it emerged this weekend that Iris Robinson also had an affair with ...

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Iris Robinson: You couldn’t make it up

Just when you thought (hoped?) Iris Robinson was going to fade away into the political history books, up she pops again. And this time, she's taking the soap opera prima donna behaviour to new levels. It turns out that not only was the vile old trout having an affair behind her hubbie's back, she tried ...