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Trevor’s Raven

We saw a beautiful Raven standing over us in the cove where Trevor rests, in Venniconia, now called Donegal. The Raven is a sacred bird , who follows the spirits of the dead. He is the most wary and intelligent … Continue reading

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Language shift and survival: census Figures 1851-1911

A prominent Irish Language enthusiast has gone to great pains to tell us Irish was once widely spoken in East Belfast according to Census figures. This new source of information becomes available to us with the Census of Ireland of … Continue reading

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Gallo, the Carrickfergus language of Yes

Gallo is a regional language of France. It is not as commonly spoken as it once was, as the standard form of French now predominates. Gallo is classified as one of the Oïl languages . Langue d’oïl (in the singular), Oïl languages … Continue reading

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Elmet- the last British Kingdom.

‘The Calder valley, west of Halifax, was the last ditch of Elmet, the last British Celtic kingdom to fall to the Angles. For centuries it was considered a more or less uninhabitable wilderness, a notorious refuge for criminals, a hide-out … Continue reading

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The Scotch (Ullans) Language Tradition in Ulster

In 1970, I purchased the Ballatis of Luve, an important anthology produced by Professor John McQueen at the Edinburgh University Press. This brought together some of the best lyrics of courtly love written by Scottish poets and musicians during the … Continue reading

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Stand up for the Red, White and Blue: Part 3 – The French Blue Cornflower

Bleuet de France, 2012 version The British Red Poppy, the German White Rose, the French Blue Cornflower….Stand by the Red, White and Blue…Eternal symbols of Resistance to the Nazis, yesterday, today and tomorrow The French Blue Cornflower or bleuet de … Continue reading

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Stand up for the Red, White and Blue: Part 2 – The German White Rose

The British Red Poppy, the German White Rose, the French Blue Cornflower….Stand by the Red, White and Blue…Eternal symbols of Resistance to the Nazis, yesterday, today and tomorrow The White Rose (German: die Weiße Rose) was a non-violent, intellectual resistance … Continue reading

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Stand up for the Red, White and Blue: Part 1 – The British Red Poppy

The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit at the Tower of London in 2014 on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I which consists of 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British and colonial death. … Continue reading

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Common Identity – The Formation of the Somme Association

Four years ago, a Conference in Monte Carlo, Monaco…Ireland in the Decade of the Great War, 1912 – 1923: Towards Commemoration resulted in the publication of an important book Towards Commemoration: Ireland in War and Revolution, edited by John Horne and Edward Madigan, … Continue reading

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Common Identity – The Millenium of Ukraine’s Christianity

On Thursday, 19th May 1988, I flew from Dublin to New York and on to Philadelphia as a guest of my friend W Paul Loane and Monsignor Michael Fedorovich of the Ukrainian Cathedral Church of the Immaculate Conception. Located in … Continue reading

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