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I am about as Irish as a Shamrock Shake, thanks to my Euromongrel background, but I have roots on both mom and dad's side and my family name derives from a town in County Kilkenny, so hey. Then there's our own Miss Kearney, of course. ;-) But above and beyond that and other folks like Ronan, there's the nation itself, where the list of Irish (and Anglo-Irish, true) artists in many fields runs on forever, regrettable interruptions like, say, Bono aside. So then -- a bunch of Guinness-soaked louts or a flowering of native Celtic genius that makes the English look like a passel of Hooray Henrys and who wisely escaped the UK's clutches to help make America the brilliant place it is?

Search: Flann O'Brien, Wilde of course, the Virgin Prunes, Father Ted.

Destroy: leprechauns, St. Patrick's Day-related idiocies in America.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Do bartenders in horrible phony Irish pubs in America ever draw anything in the head of a pulled pint of Guiness other than a shamrock? A pair of tits maybe.

Benjamin, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I can't believe you didn't mention Kevin Shields, Ned.

Michael Bourke, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

He's afraid Alan Mc G Burger might jump on this thread.

nathalie, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I'd like to point out that I'm only a third Irish, you know. Hence the big ass. If I was 100% I wouldn't have that.

Ally, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

What Natalie said. Besides which, I thought by now I don't need to mention him, it's implicit. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

search: bad basement punk rock shows in dublin while on vacation where huge football thug dances around on stage before vomiting and passing out in the corner.

destroy: the current amurrican hard on for all things irish.

jess, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Kevin Rowland once said the Irish were "unnecessarily zealoius, if becoming" which kinda hit the nail on the head for me. I have a bit of a zealous streak myself which I have to keep in check because it's a bit shit really, isn't it?

"Father Ted" was a load of arse-juice but the "D'unbelievables"...

Michael Bourke, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Some Irish pple are nice, some Irish pple are not so nice.

jel, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Search: Neil Jordan, Beckett, Thin Lizzy, foxy Colin Farrell (ok Joel Schumacher, we'll let you live), Undertones, the rugged coastline

Destroy: What Ned said about St. Paddy's in the USA, my ridiculous "Kiss Me I'm Irish" relatives: stop the Erin Go Bragh insanity please!, the Cranberries, Hothouse Flowers, the Troubles (wouldn't that be nice?).

I lurve leprechauns. And shamrock shakes.

Brennan on the Moor, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

All the Irish pple I've met have been nice, lucky me.

Now, Irish Americans, that's *quite* a different story.

The Unicarn, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Irish soda bread is really good. If you mix Baileys with Kahlua, Amaretto and milk, you get a real solid drink.

Ally, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Mmm, toasted almond.

I love Ireland solely because of Guinness, Murphy's and Bailey's. I'm a lush.

Dan Perry, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Destroy: stinky Irish "cuisine". Thank god my mom's Italian, that's all I have to say...

Kerry, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Search: Celtic mythology. Oooh lord.

Lyra, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

U2, Guinness... um... hills and rain.

JM, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Ethan is a Mick. So I've heard. He's also whisky. POP SHOTS.

Greg, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

The worst Irish export is that smug bastard on Top Gear. And the IRA.

DG, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

i'm the best mick ever.

ethan, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Search: Uniformed attire (i.e., white shirt, dark green or plaid skirts, etc.) of all the young women there...*whew* have mercy!

Destroy: The food.

I believe it was Shane MacGowan once poignantly said: "Ertwas swillin' 'n' sllen/ inna mrsts o' Culcllan/ er pour me a-point o' whiskey t'day..."

Joe, Tuesday, 21 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I spent a week in Ireland (2 days in Northern Ireland, the remainder in the Republic) six years ago, and it was fabulous. Rented a car in Belfast and drove all over the place, ending up in Dublin. Sunny for 4 days out of the 7, too, which the locals said made me very lucky.

My favorite Ireland memory: driving up the Conor Pass on the Dingle Peninsula, parking the car and hiking up a mountain. The view of the countryside, the ponds, the sheep and the sea was breathtaking, of course. But what was really remarkable was just how quiet it all was -- I could hear the grass crunching under my feet and I thought I was stepping on dried out grass, till I realized that it sounded so loud only because it was so quiet. I'd literally never "heard" silence like that before. I realized then how really loud even "quiet" moments are where I live, how there's always some sort of ambient noise in the background disrupting the perfect quiet. And then you just stand there, with the knockout view in the closest thing to perfect peace and quiet I'd ever experienced. Then you walk down and throw some money at the person playing some cliche Irish music on a harp at the foot of the hill.

Tadeusz Suchodolski, Wednesday, 22 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

ah bejabers sure aren't we a grand aul bunch o praties?

DV, Wednesday, 22 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Was it Shane Magowan, lifetime resident of North London (until recently, I think he has now moved to his spiritual home now) who said that then?

destroy people who say: "I'm Irish, my mother's brother's budgie was bought from a pat shop in Galway"

paddy's night in Kilburn too, destroy that, even more so in Neasden.

search: Tony Cascarino

cabbage, Wednesday, 22 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

five years pass...

Anybody want to recommend some traditional Irish music? There's so much stuff out there and a lot of it looks terrible.

Ned Trifle II, Thursday, 28 June 2007 22:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Ooops, sorry I thought this was an ILM thread 'cos I was on ILM and then I did a search and so I thought...I know...I am dumb.

Ned Trifle II, Thursday, 28 June 2007 22:34 (fifteen years ago) link

And it's quite a late night for me.

Ned Trifle II, Thursday, 28 June 2007 22:35 (fifteen years ago) link

'search' and 'destroy'? UMkay

humansuit, Thursday, 28 June 2007 22:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Ned, not quite full blown trad....but you can't go wrong with Christy Moore.

Ronan, Friday, 29 June 2007 01:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Specifically, I'd recommend Planxty's 2004 (or is it 2005? I can't remember) live album, which is brilliant and has Christy Moore singing on it. Any one of the first four Chieftains albums are also top class. Martin Hayes is also very popular and good, and there's a great, great singer called Iarla O Lionaird who sings unaccompanied Irish songs. His voice is beautiful, but it can get a little wearing after a while if you don't understand what he's singing about.

accentmonkey, Friday, 29 June 2007 09:37 (fifteen years ago) link

The Dubliners ain't half bad either.

Ed, Friday, 29 June 2007 09:43 (fifteen years ago) link

luke kelly.

darraghmac, Friday, 29 June 2007 09:45 (fifteen years ago) link

also, what's with lack of WB Yeats love upthread?

darraghmac, Friday, 29 June 2007 09:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Ned's question inspired me to dig out that Planxty 2004 album. It is GRATE.

accentmonkey, Friday, 29 June 2007 10:08 (fifteen years ago) link

Ned, not quite full blown trad....but you can't go wrong with Christy Moore.

My lord, the prosecution cites "Don't Forget Your Shovel".

The Real Dirty Vicar, Friday, 29 June 2007 11:42 (fifteen years ago) link

search: Planxty's "The Well Below The Valley", if only for the title track.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Friday, 29 June 2007 11:43 (fifteen years ago) link

My lord, the prosecution cites "Don't Forget Your Shovel".

Also "The Voyage", and his version of "Ride On".

accentmonkey, Friday, 29 June 2007 11:44 (fifteen years ago) link


If it's the same one the Devil's Interval do then it's got incest and 6 cases of abortion/infanticide, body count is the hallmark of a good folk song.

Ed, Friday, 29 June 2007 11:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Planxty, yes - I only know the first three albums though. Also that Andy Irvine+Paul Brady album - in fact, is Andy Irvine famous? He's certainly not as famous as he should be! (He's also from London, of course!)I don't know as much about Irish music as I should.

Tom D., Friday, 29 June 2007 11:49 (fifteen years ago) link

yes well, not every track! I'm out of my depth here, and I've forgotten my shovel.

Ronan, Friday, 29 June 2007 11:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Planxty, yes - I only know the first three albums though. Also that Andy Irvine+Paul Brady album - in fact, is Andy Irvine famous?

he is famous enough, but maybe not as famous as he deserves to be. He plays live a lot in Whelans, and every time I go to see him I kick myself for not going to see him every time he plays, as he is awesome.

In a piece of inspired supportage, the first time I saw him was when he was supporting Will Oldham; a whole new generation of fans was born.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:59 (fifteen years ago) link

He is awesome. Everything I've ever heard him do, from Sweeney's Men onwards, has been great, and he always seems like the most talented and yet least well known in whatever setup he's involved in.

Tom D., Friday, 29 June 2007 15:02 (fifteen years ago) link

I think he is all about the music rather than about the self-promotion.

I love his song about how Ronnie Drew is actually a culchie.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:31 (fifteen years ago) link

three months pass...

CINCINNATI -- A man was caught Tuesday morning inside a car with his pants down.

Police said Kim Leblanc broke into a parked car overnight on Central Parkway, and the owner found him asleep inside and called police.

Officers said Leblanc was not wearing any pants when they arrived.

Investigators said Leblanc told them he had done drugs and believed that a leprechaun had let him into the car.

Leblanc remains in police custody on a variety of charges.

omar little, Thursday, 18 October 2007 19:08 (fourteen years ago) link

top scientist claims irish less intelligent than other ethnicities,

blames leprechaun influence.

darraghmac, Thursday, 18 October 2007 21:49 (fourteen years ago) link

Thieving Irish. Here's something funny: I'm American, and my grandfather raised us to be conscious of our Irish heritage. We just find out our Irish side actually came from England ... and had lived there for centuries before coming to the US, rather than actually coming here from Ireland during the potato/weird root tasting beer/cable knit sweater famine.

So what's the deal with that - English, Irish, what? I'm sure most of the people who claim Irish heritage here are less of Irish heritage than suspected.

burt_stanton, Friday, 19 October 2007 03:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh who knows. My family could care less about it, we're American...but my boyfriend's family is v v proudly Irish...except at this point all their relatives back home live in the Leith district of Edinburgh. At least they're all Hibs supporters!

Laurel, Friday, 19 October 2007 03:43 (fourteen years ago) link

um, hibs aren't the 'irish' team in scotland.

darraghmac, Friday, 19 October 2007 09:40 (fourteen years ago) link

they are one of the Irish teams, as far as I know. especially if you live in Edinburgh. Scots may know better.

Ronan, Friday, 19 October 2007 09:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Hibs were the "Irish" team in Scotland before Celtic were.

onimo, Friday, 19 October 2007 09:46 (fourteen years ago) link

If by "Irish" you mean "charitable club set up by members of the Catholic church to provide aid to poverty stricken Catholics who were mostly Irish immigrants" or something. Hibernian means Irish, doesn't it?

onimo, Friday, 19 October 2007 09:49 (fourteen years ago) link

we should prob meet somewhere around underreported/implicit

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 12:08 (seven months ago) link

As per poster Darraghmac's comments about the difficulty of transition, etc etc -

I maintain the idea that the political power of Belfast, within the same state, would be difficult for Dublin to cope with (and / or vice versa), and one could posit a 'devolved administration' in Belfast all over again - NI being a ... proud province or ... statelet within the ROI as it has been within the UK?

Perhaps the 'standalone Ulster' is a step toward this or a step toward avoiding it?

Perhaps this would be an opportune time for Cork to demand more autonomy?

I also re-posit my one, I think, slightly original hypothesis here amid the better informed statements of others, namely a conservative coalition of southern conservatism (eg FG) and northern (ex-)unionists - as a 'shared repository of sensible conservative values' (why not even ... 'Christian values'? for 'we are of different traditions on this island, yes, but we come together now in a recognition of what is best in our two traditions and of what, being un-Irish, will not stand' -- the latter being ... socialism, for instance).

the pinefox, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 12:09 (seven months ago) link

The Irexit crowd are ofc very much in line with what I suggested above, Richard Chambers reported on them a few years back (search his tweets for Irexit as some of the threads are separate).

What we learned:
#irexit political movement contesting elections planned
✅ "Quisling", "immigrants have no affinity or allegiance and we should demand it" in speeches.
✅ Farage will be back and more meetings planned.
✅ Media framed as the enemy of #irexit

— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) February 3, 2018

✅ "Ireland is not a foreign country" #Irexit

— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) February 3, 2018

mardheamac (gyac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 12:12 (seven months ago) link

xp lol your last sentence, you need to read about the Mother and Child Scheme if you haven’t heard of it before.

I don’t see a future back for the church in public life, though, regardless of an unlikely alliance around the idea.

mardheamac (gyac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 12:32 (seven months ago) link

PF- its difficult to argue for any such approach as follows when the trend is to predict absolute certainty in selling any idea at the levels in question, but I'd say that it would need to be an approach towards not a standalone province, but a 9 county province in itself with the very formally-tied structures of state left as they are but more and more functions and resources funnelled into activities that were less controversial and generally agreeable- sports, tourism, regional transport links across border and suchlike.

if this had to be categorised as either of your options i suppose id be selling it as the standalone option with several asterisked caveats, and certainly id be telling any smaller conference room informally that it was ofc *hoped for* that a period of stabilised (this can ofc be read politically literal or as the equivalent cycling tutelage stage, either would be correct) existence without such constant reference to the region as six counties turned towards the UK question nor forced to think of itself as necessarily in transition towards dublin would lead to the question longer term being considered in a more peacable light and with concrete gains for many who could be sold on a future as ulster within the four provinces of ireland if the wider political situation were calmer.

unity delayed is ofc unity denied for many, and any move towards even the goal of unity is viewed as presumed aggression by others.

the belfast question has been raised as ive seen it a few times. did m bourke or an other of this thread suggest or post a suggestion that belfast should be considered as a candidate for the 32 county capital?

i know mcwilliams, and ive little use for him mind, has written in his usual fabulously casual "will this do?" style of the development of a new superdock between dublin and belfast for several reasons, one being the bringing about of a new focus on the question of the dublin/belfast relationship as a pair of cities in a relatively small economic zone as opposed to the usual historical balancing act. to his credit i guess such attention is welcome regardless of the merits or otherwise of his concepts.

regional capitals are the ideal and as you say it wouldnt/shouldnt/neednt stop at the north east but the idea of regional hubs was established practice in the mid 90s and its a pity that not even working from home has made it a more pressing political issue again, altho the health boards being reproposed and wfh and belfast demanding some status and dublin being a housing disaster would all seem to be a mounting suite of pressures that argue for exactly such an approach.

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 13:26 (seven months ago) link

quick return to the catholic right as an all ireland force- it would imo take politicians and votes from all three of the major players in the republic and the actual breakdown of that would be fascinating to see, id guess it would hurt ff and sf more than fg tbh

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 13:34 (seven months ago) link

I’m no expert™️ but wouldn’t the ulster goodwill be massively improved by, oh, say, having trains?

Idk I’m going for a walk will think more on this

mardheamac (gyac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 13:48 (seven months ago) link

donegal yeah for sure that kind of thing is what im getting at

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 13:50 (seven months ago) link

if putin is allowed to do this in the ukraine, will johnson in london be looking at the four ports and be licking his lips?

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Thursday, 24 February 2022 09:03 (seven months ago) link

Don’t make me visualise that this dark morning pls

mardheamac (gyac), Thursday, 24 February 2022 09:12 (seven months ago) link

Thanks Darraghmac for your substantial post.

I had never heard talk of

a new superdock between dublin and belfast

This stuff tends to go into Flann O'Brien territory - if only, in my mind, because the early Flann c.1934 demanded a deep water harbour in Bettystown. Which would be a good proposal here except that, as we know, Bettystown is only 48km from Dublin and would hardly bring the spatial equality sought.

For the above reasons I was excited to actually see, or actually to see, Bettystown for the first time, in 2006; though more engaged still by Skerries.

the pinefox, Thursday, 24 February 2022 09:21 (seven months ago) link

i doubt very much that you couldnt dig into any one caper dreamt up by the same man that didnt have a lot more than a seed in either a white paper hed read or a meeting he had attended that week tbh

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Thursday, 24 February 2022 09:32 (seven months ago) link

Pf I sincerely think you might be the first and perhaps only person in history to be engaged by Skerries.

mardheamac (gyac), Thursday, 24 February 2022 09:33 (seven months ago) link

If Pyutin will go after Keev, who’s to say Cobh isn’t next Joe?

mardheamac (gyac), Thursday, 24 February 2022 09:35 (seven months ago) link

joe would be out with the red flag ten mins after joe knows his pitch

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Thursday, 24 February 2022 09:46 (seven months ago) link

We're still waiting for Boris' bridge from the Shankhill Road to Ibrox Park to get the go ahead.

Blu Ray Davies (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 February 2022 10:49 (seven months ago) link

alan kelly gone as labour leader

professional politician since school, professional shouter since, always had fuck-all time for him tbh and whatever labour needed after govt and collapse it was never him.

we wish him well in future endeavours

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Wednesday, 2 March 2022 23:37 (seven months ago) link

"Duncan Smith takes himself out of race for Labour leadership" might some of us a double-take.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 3 March 2022 18:25 (six months ago) link

*give some of us

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 3 March 2022 18:25 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

This is huge.

#AE22 First preference votes
(All 18 constituencies reporting)

🟢 SF 250,388 (29.0%)
🟠 DUP 184,002 (21.3%)
🟡 AP 116,681 (13.5%)
🔵 UUP 96,390 (11.2%)
🟩 SDLP 78,237 (9.1%)
🟦 TUV 65,788 (7.6%)
♻️ Green 16,433 (1.9%)
🟢 Aontú 12,777 (1.5%)
🟪 PBP 9,798 (1.1%)

— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) May 6, 2022

Obvs transfers etc etc etc you know yourself, but given that NI was gerrymandered to ensure a Protestant majority in perpetuity - huge.

They’ll be asking for a border poll next.

gyac, Friday, 6 May 2022 17:55 (four months ago) link

That's up (2%) on the last election's vote total, too.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 6 May 2022 18:14 (four months ago) link

and there it is

mark s, Saturday, 7 May 2022 18:59 (four months ago) link

good luck with that petition of concern u speak of

gyac, Saturday, 7 May 2022 19:08 (four months ago) link


POLL: Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks
(May 6, MoE 3%)

Sinn Féin 34 (+1 in four weeks)
Fine Gael 23 (+1)
Fianna Fáil 16 (-2)
Soc Dems 4 (-2)
Labour 4
Greens 4 (+1)
PBP-Solidarity 3 (+1)
Aontú 3
Inds/others 8 (-2)

— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) May 7, 2022

gyac, Saturday, 7 May 2022 19:30 (four months ago) link

This is true.

there's lots of heavy breathing about Sinn Fein, but none of it gives me any idea of what SF will do in power on either side of the border

— jamie k (@jkbloodtreasure) May 7, 2022

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 8 May 2022 07:45 (four months ago) link

nobody cares about the opinions of English people, sorry now

gyac, Sunday, 8 May 2022 09:17 (four months ago) link

Don't be sorry, will keep linking British opinions or otherwise if I like it.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 8 May 2022 10:25 (four months ago) link

Whenever a woman is successful, this is is what they do. Absolutely sick and tired of this shite.

— Maggie Moo Mar (@Midge1415) May 8, 2022

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 8 May 2022 12:48 (four months ago) link

Coverage of this latest electoral outcome has demonstrated something: large parts of NI, and also the BBC, are content to consider nationalists as politically invalid and not people who have a right to political participation.

A republican party wins by far the highest share of the vote. In a democracy this would have consequences. The actual consequences from Unionism and the BBC seem to be: we'll ignore these people and not conduct politics anymore, and mainly talk about why they are bad and should never be allowed to participate in society.

the pinefox, Sunday, 8 May 2022 14:55 (four months ago) link

that is not too far from what happened in

TWELVE Michelob stars?!? (seandalai), Sunday, 8 May 2022 14:58 (four months ago) link


the pinefox, Sunday, 8 May 2022 14:59 (four months ago) link

R4's election coverage included interviewing two people whose parents got taken out by the RA during The Troubles. very impartial lads, and not at all inflammatory/unhelpful.

calzino, Sunday, 8 May 2022 15:17 (four months ago) link

In so far as there's progress, the DUP has publicly said that the issue with supporting a national executive is the Northern Ireland Protocol rather than the concept of a Sinn Fein first minister, with some apparently accepting that "the people have spoken" - obviously I'd be wary of considering the DUP of operating in any kind of good faith, but it is noticeable that they're not throwing that particular toy out of the pram.

Andrew Farrell, Sunday, 8 May 2022 15:31 (four months ago) link

that is not too far from what happened in🕸

Pretty sure Official Ireland hates SF almost as much as the DUP do.

gyac, Sunday, 8 May 2022 16:27 (four months ago) link

Pretty soon this will all pass and the English media and public can go back to their default position of ignoring all those ka-rrrrrrazy people somewhere over there across the Irish Sea.

Was Hitler a Hobbit? (Tom D.), Sunday, 8 May 2022 18:04 (four months ago) link

Andrew F: this seems true. So, we have a Brexit deal, which secured the current powerful UK government, which apparently means that the NI Assembly cannot exist.

I won't say that no-one pointed this out before (lots of people pointed out lots of bad things about Brexit all along), but it appears that the UK state now rests on a basic incoherence, which the current UK PM happily created and went along with and little of the British media (perhaps unlike the Irish) cared to mention.

Calzino: yes, I heard this report. It was extraordinary. Like being back in about 1987.

I started to wonder: if we're going to ban popular political parties from taking office because their historical associates have killed people, maybe we'll have to extend that to the Con Party and, come to think of it, the Labour Party. Not to mention the DUP, who were oddly not mentioned in this connection by Radio 4 and are now seemingly seen as responsible, sensible people.

the pinefox, Sunday, 8 May 2022 22:16 (four months ago) link

Jerry: We only need to be lucky once!
George: She's gotta be lucky every time, Jerry! Every time!

— brandon (@BrandyBeansH) May 10, 2022

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 10 May 2022 21:05 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...
as an avid player of the Irish Daily Millions lottery game I just thought I'd share this fantastic pic from their site, because it cracks me up and I felt like it was very important to make a record of it before it disappears.

calzino, Sunday, 29 May 2022 13:35 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...


"I would strongly encourage the Irish tea sock..."

— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) June 13, 2022

gyac, Monday, 13 June 2022 19:25 (three months ago) link

ludicrous, everyone knows it’s pronounced tea sack

(ʇɐɔ) o (cat), Monday, 13 June 2022 21:53 (three months ago) link

even i'm passable at it now, i'm told

imago, Monday, 13 June 2022 22:03 (three months ago) link

As ever, it's so easy to pick up on the disdain for the very existence of Ireland as a separate nation from British politicians. I doubt that will ever change.

Doodles Diamond (Tom D.), Tuesday, 14 June 2022 06:53 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Huge if true🤯

— Ógra Shinn Féin (@Ogra_SF) August 14, 2022

calzino, Sunday, 14 August 2022 11:35 (one month ago) link

potato crop failing in england… well well well

— caoimhe (@scorpiophobic) August 12, 2022

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 14 August 2022 13:08 (one month ago) link

(and that's the first result from Googling 'Ireland drought 2022')

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 14 August 2022 13:14 (one month ago) link

I guess these posts make sense in the alternative reality where Ireland starved the UK by exporting their staple crop in a time of failure. Ofc even with this drought we are one of the world’s most food secure countries. We’ll be fine.

Osama bin Chinese (gyac), Sunday, 14 August 2022 13:23 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Yeah so anyway

Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland for first time since its creation

— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 22, 2022

They are mentioning the facts of NI’s creation in all the pieces on this. You would never see it mentioned routinely even though it’s always been true.

The state of Northern Ireland was established with the intent of maintaining a pro-British Protestant majority as a counterweight to the newly independent and predominantly Catholic Irish state to the south.

barry sito (gyac), Thursday, 22 September 2022 09:20 (one week ago) link

You would assume everyone would know that but you can never underestimate how little the English know or care about anything other than English history.

Which reminds me, I only found out a few days ago that Edward Carson was given a state funeral, the next non-royal to receive one after him as Churchill and there hasn't been another since.

Britain gave him a state funeral, which took place in Belfast at St Anne's Cathedral; he is still the only person to have been buried there. From a silver bowl, soil from each of the six counties of Northern Ireland was scattered on to his coffin, which had earlier been covered by the Union Flag, which however was removed during the service.

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 September 2022 09:38 (one week ago) link

was Churchill ffs

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 September 2022 09:40 (one week ago) link

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