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16 April 2010 @ 03:48 pm
TG4 repeated their excelent documentary on Irish soviets of the war of independance years the other night. well worth a look for anyone interested in this much overlooked period.

its in irish but theres english subtitles for those who need them. also some very good other documentaries on this page. id particularly also recomend 'Redlegs' on the descendants of irish slaves in Barbados

27 January 2010 @ 04:15 pm
I came accross this very interesting article on Irish slavery in the Americas. The forgotton diaspora.


Thought some of yous might find it interesting
Hi lads,

I just joined the community and I'm wondering if anyone knows of any good sources (primary of secondary) on the centenary celebrations of the United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798. I'm specifically looking for info about the festivities in the Limerick/Munster area. I have found a bit but it is limited at best.

Thanks a million!

P.S. It's great to see such a commuinity on LJ :)
01 April 2009 @ 02:30 am
After an additional message sent by another company looking to advertise in this community, it seems as though LiveJournal has opened the floodgates for this sort of thing to become common place. That in mind, it seems to me that a blanket "no" is appropriate to the queries. While I do find it nice that the advertisers at least ask, I don't this is the appropriate venue for advertisements.

Thank you to the members who replied to the last post. It seems as though the majority of you were not too keen on the idea of letting publisher reviews, which would more than likely be fairly biased in favour of the literature, be posted on the site. I'm going to honour the minor consensus.

Thanks, again!
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: "Merry Happy" by Kate Nash

Hello all
I'm a graduate student in the U.S. writing a paper about recent Irish immigration and I'm looking for folks who emigrated to the U.S. between 1975 and 1995 and would be willing to fill out a quick survey about your experience here. I'm writing about the experiences of the "new Irish" (or whatever you want to call yourselves) relating to the Irish-American community and earlier Irish immigrants.  I'm interested in hearing from folks regardless of where you live now.

This is a very informal survey (and process) and obviously any questions you don't feel like answering you can skip. I'm just looking for some personal experiences to flesh out the dry story I've gotten from newspapers and books.  Please also pass this request on to other folks you know who might be willing to help a stumped american grad student. 

If you are interested please email me at elang@gwmail.gwu.edu and I will email you back the survey.

Thanks for your help.

A bit of background on me so you'll know this is legitimate.

I am an MA student in Museum Studies at George Washington University aiming to become a curator in historical museums after I graduate. The paper I am writing is for a class on Immigration and Ethnicity I am taking at American University to as part of the half of my course that must be taken in an academic field.

My primary area of interest is the North Atlantic world and the interactions between the United States and Canada and other English speaking countries.

I got my undergraduate degree from the Universtity of Massachusetts at Amherst and spent a semester studying at U.C.C.

I was born raised in the Boston area and while not of Irish decent became curious at the impact of the Irish community on the  area.

p.s. sorry about the cross posting.
15 December 2008 @ 01:00 am

I  decided to go on a trip down to tipperary to see the rock of cashel one of the major sites in irish history connected with St patrick, Brian Boruma and an ex of mine who you dont know. hope you like


loadsa pics under the cutCollapse )</div>


28 June 2008 @ 12:12 pm
went down to loughcrew the other day to see this massive complex of tombs on top of a bloody high hill that made my legs hurt. unfortunatly tthe wind was stronger than a JCB on steroids so the shots were a bit wonky.

Current Mood: chipperchipper
03 June 2008 @ 02:41 pm
I'm having trouble locating an obviously missing link.

From what I've found, the Octennial Act of 1768 explicitly did not provide habeas corpus guarantees in Ireland, although some Irish leaders were pushing for that. But then I see that habeas corpus was suppressed by the Insurrection Act of 1796. Clearly, it couldn't have been suppressed in 1796 unless it already existed, but I can't find any legilation which introduced it. It certanily sounds like the kind of reform Grattan's Parliament would have been interested in, but I can't find a specific piece of legislation which enacted habeas corpus. Is there one? Or was my information that it was denied in 1768 incorrect? Or...

Any help appreciated.
28 May 2008 @ 04:03 pm
So, I'm working on the literature review for my MA thesis, and I came across something that just seems ridiculous.

Backstory: my thesis is on the plays of J. W. Whitbread, an Englishman who managed the Queen's Royal Theatre Dublin from 1883 to 1906. He wrote something like fourteen plays, generally melodramas, all with a very Irish Nationalist slant to them. (I think that's interesting, anyway... hence the choice of thesis topic.) The guy has been generally treated pretty poorly by theatre scholarship, but I think the worst I've seen is an essay in Acts of Supremacy: The British Empire and the Stage, 1790-1930. Richard Cave has plenty of logical fallacies in the essay, but let me share the most egregious passage...

"It would be easy to despise Whitbread's plays, given their weaknesses; yet they were all conceived in the aftermath of Parnell’s demise… and the failure of the Home Rule initiative, so their very shortcomings do reflect a particular malaise of the time."

Malaise? Who could possibly describe the political attitude of turn-of-the-century Dublin as "malaise"? That was when Cultural Nationalism really got started! And the claim that the Home Rule initiative had failed by the time Whitbread started writing is just plain wrong. The first Home Rule bill was introduced in 1886, after Whitbread took over management of the Queen's; the second was in 1894, and the third in 1914. (The fourth in 1920 was only about the North.) Seriously, how did that even get published?

Ah, well. It's fun to take a couple pages just to rip something apart. ^_^
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