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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 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 years ago) link

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

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

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

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

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

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

Search: Celtic mythology. Oooh lord.

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

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

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

i'm the best mick ever.

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

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

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

And it's quite a late night for me.

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

'search' and 'destroy'? UMkay

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

The Dubliners ain't half bad either.

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

luke kelly.

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

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

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

xpost

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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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.

http://www.dk-ink.com/AngelsRemembered/files/leprechaun.gif

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

I'm grateful to posters gyac and darraghmac for contributing their thoughts following my briefer post on a united Ireland.

My thinking very much has been: in Britain, I think the idea about 'resistance to a united Ireland' often somehow centres on Britain, as though London / England / Britain / et al is desperate to hang on to NI, and the ROI wants to take it away.

Whereas: This is probably the wrong way to look at it: the UK government stated in the 1990s that it had 'no strategic interest' in NI; most English people (outside eg Lancashire?) frankly don't know much about NI and are if anything embarrassed or troubled by it -- the truth is that the people in Britain who DO most have an investment in NI are ... Scots. Unionists / Loyalists / Rangers fans obviously, and, in a different way, their Celtic other also.

So the question really should be: does the ROI want NI? Is continued aspiration to unification (eg by FF) mainly a rhetorical pretence? (I don't think it's merely a pretence by southern SF.) And again, what would the demographic effects on the ROI be of a massive influx of ... Protestants, Unionists, however you want to define them - totally changing the psephology of the nation and also, as noted above, suddenly providing a massive cultural counterweight as Ulster becomes, in a newly concrete way, part of the culture of (the Republic of) Ireland again.

OTOH my feeling that there is a cultural gulf to be leapt might be overestimate given that since the Good Friday Agreement, large amounts of cross-border work and trade take place -- the very stuff threatened by the notorious 'Brexit return of a hard border'? Maybe all this has made the North-South difference less than I think?

Nonetheless I think it is true that 'assimilation' (if that's a fair word) of the 6 counties would be a big deal and cause a lot of ructions and 'interesting times'. Which Gyac and Darraghmac have illuminated with their more precise expertise.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 11:27 (two months ago) link

SF running a republican island with a concerted UVF campaign against is a very likely scenario in the next fifteen years, right?
― Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Yes I also wondered about something like this. The establishment of a political settlement (like NI itself) doesn't mean that everyone accepts it. (cf Remainers also!) It seems quite logical to imagine a rearguard loyalist campaign of sabotage even after reunification. But a political party (like the DUP) then running on a 'let's get go British' again platform would not seem to have much credibility.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 11:29 (two months ago) link

it would be endgame stuff but drag on forever, that new phase

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 11:30 (two months ago) link

i thought on what steps ulster (using the term consideredly) would need to

take? i dont want to suggest it's a "you're on your own here until" but an element of getting the house in order is certainly imo implicit

and likewise what further moves and norms and policies from south would need to happen in order for the most seamless possible transition to unified island to occur

i usually fail to get beyond "everything from 1994 til brexit, but longer" because the cross border policies initiatives and simply practical lived experience were imo working exactly as far as could be hoped.

SF rising to govt added to brexit as a provocation of the slow progress isnt ofc similar in character or anything but is nonetheless i think not a step back, but a step nonetheless that makes wary the population youd most want to be driving the question of what comes next

three generations of piece, a standalone ulster that finds out what works without london intervention, subvention, prevention, a slow melding of tourism roads agriconomy and eventually theyd pop in one day and never leave, like a scandalous widower/widow coupling and really arent we too old for all the fuss, have ye nothing better for doing than looking at us

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 11:38 (two months ago) link

Yes.

Does your 'standalone ulster' imply actual independence for Ulster, as a temporary step between UK and united Ireland?

the pinefox, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 11:52 (two months ago) link

SF running a republican island with a concerted UVF campaign against is a very likely scenario in the next fifteen years, right?
― Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Wednesday, February 23, 2022

I reflect now that this putative Neo-Loyalist movement would ultimately be much weaker than the IRA ever were. It would have limited local community support ('soft Unionists'? wouldn't support it), it would have no hinterland in Britain (except, again Rangers fans) as Republicanism has had in the ROI, it would have no realistic political goal (as Republicanism had and has), and it would have no great source of finance from 'our greater Ulster beyond the sea'. It would surely become extremely marginalised, to a much greater extent than the Republican movement in NI has ever been.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 11:57 (two months ago) link

I am responding purely to pf as just reading in between bits of work. Dmac alludes to it above but the south has always had a cohort who are either implicitly or explicitly “we can’t rule ourselves, should have left the Brits in charge” who will be put in an interesting position by extreme responses to unification. Can’t imagine John Bruton, for example, being comfortable seeing Irish flags burned, but there are certain columnists (I will not name them but if you know, you know) whose positions have been out of step with 99% of the Irish public and who have had endless space to spout their rhetoric for pay who might - I stress might - be more sympathetic to unionist concerns.

mardheamac (gyac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 12:02 (two months ago) link

yes it would be a true isolated group of extremists, very unlike an otherwise equivalent nationalist group in situ within a wider nationalist group notwithstanding the treaty looming large over that latter population

to the xp, i dont think theres a question of donegal for instance joining a formal splintered north as an entity politically. the smart play, if a unified political will were there, would imo be to rather downplay official structures and simply start to fund ulster initiatives, cross border initiatives, normalise the province as a shared space and see what better ways of living arise from such an approach

the three counties of ulster are liminal spaces politically and every impression i have of my old home county of donegal is that alienation from the current irish govt usuals has never been stronger felt. other posters on the boards would know better tbh but from this negative you could at least mine some good by appealing to an existing alternative that already functions in many practical ways i think.

sf in govt may have v different appeal to these counties, in any case

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 12:04 (two months ago) link

xp

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 12:05 (two months ago) link

gyac: I think I've met one or two of those people! (ordinary people not columnists - let alone ... fifth columnists)

the pinefox, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 12:06 (two months ago) link

I think it can’t be understated though that a militant loyalist movement would have support from the international far right, as they always have. When they searched Thomas Mair’s house, they found anti-Irish stuff in with the rest of the more obvious Nazi stuff. I wish it were more limited as you think pf, but the blatant supremacist of planters attracts a lot of the far right.

mardheamac (gyac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 12:07 (two months ago) link

they are a legitimate opinion ofc

just massively overrepresented as an opinion where such opinions (used to?) matter

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 12:07 (two months ago) link

xp again if you say understated and i say merelybtaken as a given i dont think we disagree!

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

we should prob meet somewhere around underreported/implicit

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

Don’t make me visualise that this dark morning pls

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

*give some of us

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 3 March 2022 18:25 (two 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 (one week ago) link

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

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 6 May 2022 18:14 (one week ago) link

and there it is

mark s, Saturday, 7 May 2022 18:59 (one week ago) link

good luck with that petition of concern u speak of

gyac, Saturday, 7 May 2022 19:08 (one week ago) link

Meanwhile

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) https://t.co/Zkok403wsH

— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) May 7, 2022

gyac, Saturday, 7 May 2022 19:30 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

nobody cares about the opinions of English people, sorry now

gyac, Sunday, 8 May 2022 09:17 (one week ago) link

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

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 8 May 2022 10:25 (one week ago) link

Whenever a woman is successful, this is is what they do. Absolutely sick and tired of this shite. pic.twitter.com/aw7ZA7uXmP

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

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 8 May 2022 12:48 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

that is not too far from what happened in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Irish_general_election

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

Agreed.

the pinefox, Sunday, 8 May 2022 14:59 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

that is not too far from what happened in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Irish_general_election🕸


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

gyac, Sunday, 8 May 2022 16:27 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

Jerry: We only need to be lucky once!
George: She's gotta be lucky every time, Jerry! Every time! https://t.co/YKnhX6dAst

— brandon (@BrandyBeansH) May 10, 2022

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 10 May 2022 21:05 (one week ago) link


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