The Wind That Shakes The Barley – Black And Tans Brutality Scene

Recently, in the Irish Free State, an issue has come to light regarding the historical perspective attached to members of the British colonial forces in Ireland during the early 20th century. It is now de rigueur to celebrate the involvements of tens of thousands of Irish “Nationalists” in the First World War, men who fought […]

Irish Ghosts & Hauntings by Michael Scott

Irish Ghosts & Hauntings by Michael Scott Ireland is a land haunted by many ghosts. Sometimes sadness seeps from the streams, and despair from the soil. A nation that has known one million deaths due to the effects of starvation in a short time will have stories to tell. But the tales that are shared […]

The Family On Paradise Pier – Semi-Biographical Novel By Dermot Bolger

The Family On Paradise Pier by Dermot Bolger The Goold Verschoyle family are not typical of Irish families in early 20th century Ireland. For one thing, they are descended from Dutch profiteers who arrived on the Emerald Isle centuries before to make their money in any way they could and became wildly successful and influential. […]

Matt McGinn – Bubblegum (Ft Ciara O’Neill)

The last line in this wonderful Irish song is “The Hunger Strikes have started”. It’s not often you get to hear references to one of the most tumultuous times in Irish history mentioned in a modern folk song. Bubblegum is a nostalgically emotive ballad that tells of one girl’s experiences of 1981. It was written […]