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THERE HAS been much quiet paranoia among the political and arts establishments on the subject of how to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. The difficulty is the Rising was a revolutionary event to which most of our political class, and your average arts sector salary drawer, are spiritually opposed.
“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”–Steve Jobs, in introducing the iPad 2 in 2011.
In August 1896 WB Yeats and his friend Arthur Symons went on a tour of the west of Ireland. The poet was 31 years of age. They stayed with Edward Martyn at Tulira Castle, Ardrahan, visited the Aran Islands, and Yeats made his first visit to Lady Gregory at Coole Park.
Former Minister Alan Dukes declared that if we used the capacity of the Eurozone that’s available today, we could do a far better job for all 500 million citizens of the EU. Mr Dukes and solicitor Ursula Tipp, addressed the question of European Economic Policy – What's in it for Ireland? at the evening seminar, jointly organised with European Movement Ireland, in Athlone Institute of Technology last week.
When Cliona Standún took over as managing director of her family’s business, Standún in Spiddal, five years ago she was very nervous.
The election of Syriza has shaken up European politics and has lain down a challenge to the neo-liberal consensus of ‘there is no alternative to austerity’, but what does it mean for Ireland?
On June 12 1922 a very special ceremony took place at Windsor Castle, near London. Following the establishment of the Irish Free State the previous December, five Irish regiments, including the Connaught Rangers, the Royal Irish, the Leinsters, the Munsters, and the Dublin Fusiliers, which had served the British army with exceptional valour at times, were disbanded. It was a day of special significance for both the participants and onlookers.
In the closing two years of the war most Londoners thought that the worst of the bombing raids were over. Instead, for a brief and intense period, a more sinister chapter of death from the skies opened. Flying bombs, launched from occupied Europe, flew into London. They were pilotless and practically without sound, except for a wail as they descended. They terrorised a war-weary people.* Many, who had braved the previous raids, felt that this was a horror too far. They sought refuge in quieter rural areas.
Legendary Galway box player Matt Cunningham will talk about his 50-year career on a special IrishTV programme tonight, July 24, at 8pm
“I decided to be a proper writer because of Galway. It gave me the power and belief to do things. I hope to move here and spend more time in the city. There is nothing like Galway - I even love when it rains here.”