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The Great O’Neill, 1550-1616, we salute you! »

Last night, in his sleep, in his small palace in Rome, 400 years ago, one of the greatest figures in Irish history passed away, Hugh O’Neill. . With him in his final moments may have been his teenage son, John, whom he had nominated to succeed him as Earl of Tyrone and as The O’Neil. […]

An Irish 400th year anniversary of note »

Follow @ODohertyBrian We Irish have many 400th anniversaries, but few that can celebrate a happy event, given the state of our nation back in 1613. Leading Gaelic nobles had been exiled, their lands, especially in Ulster, planted with foreigners, their people destitute, dispersed to the forests and hills of Donegal, or emigrants, camped beside the […]

We don’t want our Senate? – Give it to the diaspora ! »

The Irish government proposes that the Senate should be abolished, our second chamber, our Upper House. So, before doing so, and in the context of options to “reform” it, why not consider turning it, gradually and carefully, into a National Representative Forum where the views of the Irish Nation on matters which pertain to the […]

Is this the newbie Irish currency? »

The Irish Government has a new currency ready to print, if Ireland has to leave the euro…and it won’t be the old punt. The man gave me a preview…It’s the Geallt (pronounced gee-alt), like the Gaelic word for promise. ” The beautiful thing about it”, he says, “is that we can print as many as […]

Netsso gets praise as an internet “time saver” »

I am delighted to see this opinion expressed..We knew they used Netsso, but did not know that they considered it their Number One time saver (from logins, remembering passwords, etc) on the internet.“My Number One time saving tool…” (InisCommunications) Follow @Netsso

St. Patricks Day notes: When the Irish ruled the world. »

I’m not an historian, but I’ve read a few books and I’m very impressed by the achievements of Irish emigrants down the centuries and their descendents in the Irish diaspora and I’d like to bring you a few facts about that now and again in this column. The diaspora has achieved great things- and please […]

Netsso – your personal single sign on portal to the web »

Yes, Netsso is the sponsor of this blog and I’m proud to acknowledge that and not only because I am a shareholder. But, you may ask, why, then, has there been such a long time waiting for the activity of the blog to re-commence?. Sponsor problems?  No, not that..It was me, being too tired for a […]

Queen, President should jointly inaugurate “Owen Roe” highway »

The rather poor road between the border at Aughnacloy and the city of Derry is to be upgraded into a dual carriageway, substantially at the expense of taxpayers in the Republic. My proposal is that this roadway should be named after Ireland’s greatest unsung hero Owen Roe O’Neill, (c. 1585 – 1649). (I’m sure John […]

The Big, unasked question about NAMA »

We have referred before to the essential immorality of the NAMA scheme, under which bank shareholders must accept a valuation of their equity made by state officials and, if that valuation is sufficiently low, hand over their equity to the same state accordingly, even if, ultimately, the state sells off bank assets at an enormous […]

We’ve had the stress tests; now where’s the PR? »

The results of the stress tests are being presented as an urgent and unexpected need for more capital to cover losses by the Irish banks. The reality is that the extra capital required is to protect the banks in the event that something highly unlikely might happen to our economy and society in the medium […]

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