The IRA attack that the Queen described as the worst day of her life

Queen Elizabeth and her family suffered personal tragedy as a result of terrorist attacks during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

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Her second cousin, Earl Mountbatten, who was also the uncle of her husband Prince Philip, was assassinated by the IRA while he was fishing off the coast of Co Sligo. His boat was blown apart by a radio-controlled bomb.

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Brian Boru is known as the last High King of Ireland and is even credited with seeing off the Vikings who had terrorised the Irish for over 200 years. Find out more.

Comedian Patrick Kielty berates ‘deluded’ British politician over Irish border

Guest writer, Nick Sinnott

Irish comedian Patrick Kielty has sent a blistering rebuke to British politician Boris Johnson for his “blundering delusions” over the border in Northern Ireland.

The Irish border has been become a major issue because of Brexit, the UK decision to leave the European Union following a bitter referendum campaign.

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Rod Stewart says BBC stopped him singing ‘controversial’ Irish love song

Guest writer, Nick Sinnott

Rod Stewart has revealed that the British broadcaster, the BBC, wouldn’t let him sing the Irish love song, Grace, because they considered it too controversial.

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The BBC have denied there was any ban.

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Comedian slaps down ignorant British attitude to ‘Irish Border’

Guest writer, Nick Sinnott

The British may insist Northern Ireland is part of the UK but the Brexit confusion has made it clear that many of them haven’t a clue about Ireland, its borders or its history. Continue reading “Comedian slaps down ignorant British attitude to ‘Irish Border’”

Flying Irish flag could be a criminal offence, say Scottish police

Flying the Irish flag in Scotland could amount to a criminal offence in certain circumstances.

The warning came after Police Scotland revealed it had a list of flags and symbols that could be considered provocative, depending on how they were used. As well as the Irish tricolour, the list included the Orange Order flag, the King William of Orange flag, and perhaps more surprisingly, the flags of Israel, Palestine, and the Catalan and Basque regions of Spain. Continue reading “Flying Irish flag could be a criminal offence, say Scottish police”

Original copy of Proclamation pulled from auction after private sale

An original copy of the Proclamation of Independence has been withdrawn from auction after it was sold to a private buyer for €100,000.

The historic document was due to go under the hammer at Whyte’s Auction House in Dublin but instead the buyer and seller agreed a last minute private sale. Continue reading “Original copy of Proclamation pulled from auction after private sale”

Free online course about the ancient Book of Kells

Trinity College Dublin is running a free online course about one of Ireland’s true treasures, The Book of Kells.

One of the course tutors commented that the Book of Kells is to Dublin, what the Mona Lisa is to Paris, and the Sistine Chapel ceiling is to Rome, before adding: “You haven’t been to Ireland until you’ve seen the Book of Kells.” Continue reading “Free online course about the ancient Book of Kells”