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On This Day - Drivetime – 12.12.1883 – Birth of Peadar Kearney, co-composer of the Irish national anthem.

It’s probably the only song in existence whose lyrics are known by the majority of the Irish people in the first national language. Ask yourself, when was the last time you were at an international soccer match or a significant Gaelic Games event and heard anyone signing the lyric ‘Soldiers are we, whose lives are pledged to Ireland’ as opposed to ‘Sine Fianna Fail atá faoi gheall ag Eirinn’. 622 more words

Brendan Behan and I

The publication of Full Irish  my co-written Irish-American detective story has raised a few questions in my my mind, the main one being: how Irish am I really? 809 more words

IRA Operations in Blackpool 1939 and 1982

On August 27 1939 a bomb exploded near the door of Blackpool Town Hall.  It was part of an IRA campaign which involved various English cities especially Liverpool.  971 more words



The Auld Triangle – Luke Kelly

I’ve heard this songs countless times throughout my life. I’ve never understood what it was about. It’s not that I listened to the lyrics and couldn’t decode them or understand what they mean.  66 more words

Song Of The Day


Patrick Kavanagh was born in the village of Enniskeen, Co Monaghan on 21st October 1904. The son of a shoemaker and small farmer, he moved to Dublin at the age of 35, where he lived in poverty for most of his life. 362 more words