Comedian slaps down ignorant British attitude to ‘Irish Border’

Guest writer, Nick Sinnott

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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’”

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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.

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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”

Family photos of JFK as a youngster made available online

A collection of rare photographs of the Kennedy family have been digitised and made available online.

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The photographs capture the Kennedys in their younger years, when they were just an ordinary American family enjoying time together on holidays and around the house. Continue reading “Family photos of JFK as a youngster made available online”

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An original copy of the Proclamation of Independence has been withdrawn from auction after it was sold to a private buyer for €100,000.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