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RTE Royalty Visits the University of Limerick

Celebrated Presenter and Newly Appointed Adjunct Journalism Professor gives Broadcasting Master Class Writes Sarah O’Brien

RTE Royalty Bryan Dobson (54) visited the University of Limerick today to give Journalism students a master class in interviewing, radio and reporting skills. 332 more words


Poppies, adverts, libraries

Next spring, Sainsbury’s will doubtless be celebrating Easter with a feelgood mini-movie about the crucifixion, so that they can sell more chocolate eggs. A good-looking young Roman soldier could cheer up the Virgin Mary by handing her a Kinder Surprise… 798 more words


Confessions of a WW1 historian: Remembrance Tourist

A week before Remembrance Day 2014, I took a trip to the Tower of London to see the moat of poppies. There had been no rush to do so as in my mind they would be there for the four years of the war. 1,089 more words


Supermarket and War Charity Christmas ad “distasteful” and “exploitative”? Yeah, sounds about right…?!

After having spent my Wednesday evening wiping my eyes and squirming at the horror of WWII portrayed in David Ayer’s blockbuster Fury, I returned home to see post after post about Sainsbury’s Christmas advert on social media describing it as “the best of 2014” and a “must-see”. 478 more words

The Sainsbury’s 2014 Christmas ad: Moving tribute or shameless commercialism?

The air is still and cold, the ground frozen solid. Amidst the morning fog on the 25th December 1914 a young man climbs out of his trench not to charge the enemy, but to shake his hand. 383 more words


A Centenary Reminder of the First Christmas Truce

My daughter shared a video with me (see below)  and I was surprised and touched by the genuine warmth of it.

It shows the fighting factions of the English and German soldiers of the first world war coming together out of the trenches on Christmas Eve 1914.   911 more words

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Our World War

The link below takes you to the BBC iPlayer to the first part of 3 part series called, ‘Our World War’. I’ve just complete the first episode and I am sure you’ll find it as useful and entertaining as I do! 43 more words