British blundering is making a United Ireland a real possibility as Brexit looks set to backfire

A United Ireland is something Irish Nationalists have craved, and Unionists have feared in equal measure for centuries. Until recently, it seemed an impossible idea…something that could never be achieved given the opposition of the Loyalist community in the North.

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Now, it doesn’t seem so farfetched.

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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.

More than 200,000 Irish soldiers fought in World War 1 – online search helps you trace them

More than 200,000 Irishmen fought in the First World War, buoyed by the hope that their support for Britain in its time of need would be rewarded by independence for Ireland once the fighting was over.

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The soldiers were waved off as heroes, fighting for king and country. They expected to return to an Ireland proud of their bravery and sacrifice. Continue reading “More than 200,000 Irish soldiers fought in World War 1 – online search helps you trace them”

Irish football star has been sent death threats over refusal to wear a poppy commemorating British soldiers

Irish football star James McClean has been sent death threats following his refusal to wear a poppy before matches .

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The poppy is a traditional way of honouring Britain’s war dead each year in the run up to Armistice Day on 11 November. Public figures including politicians, entertainers and professional sportsmen make a point of being seen wearing a poppy each year.

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Irish spoken in British parliament for first time in 100 years – by a British politician

The Irish language has been spoken in the home of the British government for the first time in more than 100 years – and it was a British politician who came out with the ‘cupla focal’.

Liz Saville-Roberts is Member of Parliament for the Welsh party Plaid Cymru. She was speaking in the House of Commons on the need for an Irish Language Act. Continue reading “Irish spoken in British parliament for first time in 100 years – by a British politician”

Taoiseach says some British annoyed Ireland stood up for itself won’t follow UK lead over Brexit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has eased off on his normally diplomatic and understated style to claim that parts of the British ruling establishment are annoyed that Ireland has not fallen into line with the UK over Brexit.

Ireland is at the heart of the Brexit negotiations because of the need for a solution to the problem of the Northern Ireland border with the Republic, which will also become the border between the UK and European Union. Continue reading “Taoiseach says some British annoyed Ireland stood up for itself won’t follow UK lead over Brexit”

English MP says what should happen in Ireland, then shows his amazing ignorance

An English MP has become the latest British politician to demonstrate that he knows very little about Ireland but still feels entitled to say what it should do.

Andrew Bridgen is an MP in Leicestershire and a fervent supporter of Brexit, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

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Let the Irish shoot each other’ – UK’s Brexit backers reach a new low

The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that the Irish should not be allowed to get in the way of Brexit and should be left to shoot each other if that’s what they want to do.

Stanley Johnson, who is himself a former Member of the European Parliament, was speaking on daytime television about the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

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Ireland was born though famine, not the ‘nonsense’ of 1916, says Bob Geldof

Rock star and charity fundraiser Bob Geldof says Ireland the nation was born out of the Famine, not the 1916 Easter Rising, which he described as ‘nonsense’.

The Famine is the most tragic event in Irish history and remains controversial even today. Between one and two million died of hunger or related diseases and a million more were forced to emigrate. The devastation it caused was felt long into the 20th century.

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Heavy smoking ‘damaged teeth of famine victims – men, women and teenagers’

Smoking was rife during the Famine among both men and women, according to a new study.

Sadly, while smoking a pipe may have given people a tiny bit of comfort during their suffering, it would have had negative consequences to their teeth.

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When a Jameson whiskey heir was involved in cannibalism scandal

The Irish whiskey barons, the Jamesons, were one of the premier families of the British Empire in the 19th century but they were shaken to the core by a scandal involving cannibalism in deepest Africa.

James Jameson was one of the heirs to his family’s vast fortune, but he had little interest in distilling whiskey. Since childhood he had been fascinated by nature and spent most of his spare time sketching birds and butterflies in the countryside of his native Co Sligo.

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