Category Archives: Politics

Bard: Rock Star of Gaelic Ireland

One of the things I enjoy doing every Sunday afternoon is listening to Into the 70s on WGHN – five hours of happy memories. As a kid, growing up in the dead coal-mining town of Export, PA in the 1970s, I … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

Cuibhlean stòlda mu dheas,  [The wheels of industry at a standstill,] Na fàsaichean a’ tuath,   [The northern lands wasted,] An taigh-mòr falamh an Dùn-éideann   [The empty house in Edinburgh] Gun chumhachd gun ghuth.  [Without authority or voice.]      (Macdonald, … Continue reading

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If it’s written in the annals…

I get a kick out of the commercial where a man’s using his State Farm app to diagram an accident. A female friend of his comes along and asks what he’s doing. She says, “I thought State Farm didn’t have … Continue reading

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The Spear-Mighty

Overshadowed in legend by their contemporaries to the north, south, and west, the history of the Laigin tribes is no less rich. The land of these confederate tribes formed roughly what would become the Province of Leinster in southeastern Ireland. … Continue reading

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Cormac for President

As you cast your vote for the next President of the United States, take pride in knowing that you’re carrying out an ancient Irish tradition. Of course, there were no voting booths then, no campaign funds, no polls, and certainly … Continue reading

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The Wool-Growers

To date, this site has received 2,583 visitors. Not bad for a remote little corner of the Internet. It’s fun to see what you all search for here. About half the time it looks like you’re finding your search topic. As … Continue reading

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King of Kings?

While millions of voices are lifted in song to the King of Kings this time of year, I thought I’d take the opportunity to explore the ancient Irish concept of kingship – an all-encompassing but muddy construct. So many of … Continue reading

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