History is in the eye of the ignorant

I am getting older and spend my time looking backwards at history. That is true history, not the history proposed by twenty somethings just out of university. As a lad I was able to talk to my Grandad, he told me about the First World War. Not from history books, but from the sights and … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1972

In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 13 unarmed civil rights demonstrators are shot dead by British Army paratroopers in an event that becomes known as “Bloody Sunday.” The protesters, all Northern Catholics, were marching in protest of the British policy of internment of suspected Irish nationalists. British authorities had ordered the march banned, and sent troops to … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1981

On May 5, 1981, imprisoned Irish Catholic militant Bobby Sands dies after refusing food for 66 days in protest of his treatment as a criminal rather than a political prisoner by British authorities. His death immediately kicked-off widespread rioting in Belfast, as young Irish-Catholic militants clashed with police and British Army patrols and started fires. … [Read the full story]

Mrs Brown’s Boys star was depressed and in debt

Brendan O’Carroll says Mrs Brown’s Boys saved his life when he plunged into depression over a $4million debt. The Irish comedian, who writes and stars in the award-winning sitcom, begged God to let him die after he was left penniless after he poured the cash into a film flop. He said: “It was the first … [Read the full story]

Brad Pitt would ‘make a great me’

Mark E. Smith of The Fall has suggested that Brad Pitt should play him in a film of his life. Smith was asked about actor Sam Riley’s portrayal of him in the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People with the frontman stating he is not a fan of musical biopics in general. “It’s those film … [Read the full story]

Liam Neeson splits with girlfriend

Liam Neeson is back on the singles market after ending his two-year relationship with PR executive Freya St Johnston. The 60-year-old Irish actor and mum-of-two Freya, 38, were seen hand-in-hand in Rome two weeks ago but sources say the relationship has fizzled out. ‘Liam is heading back to America at the start of next month … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 461

On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was … [Read the full story]

Pay for the Food

There was a poor old Irish cobbler whose shop was next door to a very upscale French restaurant. Every day at lunch time, Mike, the Irish gent, would go out the back of his shop and eat his soda bread and maybe a kipper or piece of Irish blue cheese while smelling the wonderful odors … [Read the full story]

Will search continue for missing fisherman?

Queensland police will decide on today whether to call off the search for a missing Irish tourist. The 21-year-old Irishman working as a crewman, went missing from a commercial fishing vessel on Friday. Nine aircraft – four planes and five helicopters – along with three rescue vessels resumed the search at first light on Sunday, … [Read the full story]