Posted on September 6, 2016

Trevor McClaughlin’s latest challenge….

Trevor McClaughlin’s latest challenge….

A FEATURE by TREVOR McCLAUGHLIN Reiterating some challenges to readers/researchers in his latest powerful blog. This blog is based on a talk to the International Irish Famine commemoration in Sydney in 2013. An edited version was published in Tinteán and the challenges frustratingly still remain.  It is reproduced here with permission of the author in the hopes of inspiring … Continue reading

Crisis in the Courts after 1916

Crisis in the Courts after 1916

After the Rising bridges the gap between May 1916 and the Truce in mid-1921.During this period the justice system appeared to be in constant crisis as the authorities struggled to deal with the growing insurrection in the years following the Easter Rebellion. Continue reading

The Quixotic Generation of 1916

The Quixotic Generation of 1916

What is most striking to me about the pre-Rising Irish middle-class is its freewheeling bohemian character: romantic advanced nationalism provided many fora (meetings, dance-floors, remote country language camps, amateur and professional theatrical stages, communist communes) for debating and living secularism, feminism, suffragism, even vegetarianism and lesbianism. Continue reading

In Sing Street, dreams become music

In Sing Street, dreams become music

A Film Review by Frances Devlin-Glass Sing Street, Screenplay Written and Directed by John Carney (2016), an independent film. This film is pure wish-fulfilment fantasy: a cheesy romance/comedy with a bit of grit in the backstories, but best of all a teen film which celebrates music and the communities it forms. Moreover, it has a … Continue reading

Centenary of Mannix’s first stand against Conscription

Centenary of Mannix’s first stand against Conscription

Nature of Event: Dr Mannix: ‘Clifton Hill, where I committed my original sin’. A centenary commemoration of Archbishop Daniel Mannix’s first speech against conscription. On a wet and stormy night, 16 September 1916, during World War I, a fortnight after Prime Minister William Hughes announced the first conscription referendum, Archbishop Daniel Mannix delayed his expected arrival at another function to go … Continue reading

Edna O’Brien on Compass

Edna O’Brien on Compass

TV Programme Alert ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp.) TV last night featured an interview by Gay Byrne with Edna O’Brien. It’s riveting watching, as they clearly like and trust one another. She speaks from the heart about a compliant childhood troubled by fear of the nuns and of her parents, and of her own attempt to get … Continue reading