Signs Of The Time challenge

Yup, it's that time again, the second week of my Signs of the Time challenge and so far the response has been dismal. Never mind, that won't stop me. Take a look around you, see the signs and ping them back to me or leave them in the comments.... One hundred years ago, during the…Read more Signs Of The Time challenge

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Sean McBride – Admiration

Sean McBride was a revolutionary, an international jurist, a Government Minister, a founder member of Amnesty International and the European Court of Human Rights. As a UN Commissioner of Namibia, he was a very vocal opponent of apartheid in South Africa. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974, as a man who "mobilised…Read more Sean McBride – Admiration

1916, Souls of Freedom

2 armies, 2 ideals, 2 ghosts, an allegorical tale of 1916

Postcard from a Pigeon

2016 is the centenary of an event in Irish history that set the template for a nation. On April 24, 1916 a handful of men and women, led by a motley group of poets, writers and revolutionaries, took on the might of the British Empire and the Crown forces, to declare the birth of the Irish Republic. For six turbulent days, they fought before they were overcome, Dublin city destroyed and more than 500 died.

In the aftermath of this disturbance, Ireland was put under martial law and within three weeks, 14 of the Rising’s leaders were tried by court martial and then shot by British firing squads. Then public opinion was charged with outrage. Public opposition to the armed disturbance turned to support for their separatist ideals and condemnation of the British government.

The blood sacrifice of the defeated insurrectionists of 1916 rallied the population to their aspiration for…

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A nation once again? When where we ever?

The amount of hoohaw and guff spouted about the Easter Rising and the Proclamation in the past week has stuck in my craw. There's been an element of measured keening for the revolutionary dead, tempered by some fawning nods of reconciliation to those who continue to deny the legacy of that event.

1916, Souls of Freedom

2016 is the centenary of an event in Irish history that set the template for a nation. On April 24, 1916 a handful of men and women, led by a motley group of poets, writers and revolutionaries, took on the might of the British Empire and the Crown forces, to declare the birth of the Irish Republic. For six turbulent days, they fought before they were overcome, Dublin city destroyed and thousands died.