“I was able to engage and work on vital negotiations that I believe have changed for better the history of Ireland forever, and for good” Martin McGuinness


Patricia Devlin

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Martin McGuinness 1950 – 2017

News broke shortly after 7am today that Martin McGuinness, former IRA leader turned peacemaker, had passed away.

The 66-year-old Irish republican died after a short illness in Derry’s Altnagelvin hospital surrounded by his family. He had a rare genetic disease caused by deposits of abnormal protein – amyloid – in tissues and organs.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Martin McGuinness in 2013, weeks after he announced his decision to step down from his role as MP for Mid-Ulster.

At the time I was working for a local newspaper with a circulation of around seven – maybe even eight – thousand. It really served him very little to speak with me, however he made the time because he said he owed a lot to the people of South Derry and East Tyrone who he emphasised made it possible for him to…

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60th Anniversary of Ordination of Fr Niall Molloy on 17/March/1957

Magdalena Laundry by John Gibbs


Patricia Devlin

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Last week I was contacted by an Irish composer called John Gibbs. John, who is originally from Dublin but living in Frankfurt, has written a number of beautiful, touching and heart rendering songs based on the Magdalene and mother and baby institution scandal here in Ireland. His songs are unlike any I have ever heard before.

After speaking with him on Friday I found out he is actually working on a project in tribute to the women and children who found themselves inside those institutions. And he has been working very closely with inspirational campaigner and researcher Catherine Corless who uncovered the Tuam baby scandal.

He sent me a number of tracks that are set to be included in the project (which won’t be completed until May) including one titled Magdalena Laundry. The song really captures the inescapable pain endured by many women and children enslaved in…

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Justine McCarthy – "TDs have their hundred-grand salaries and their bottomless pit of perks for a job that takes up 100 days. They are spoilt"


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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Justine McCarthy – “TDs have their hundred-grand salaries and their bottomless pit of perks for a job that takes up 100 days. They are spoilt”: ” “The Proclamation”IF THIS RECESSION HAS AFFECTED YOU OR YOUR FAMILY ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAD TO EMIGRATE, AND YOU ALSO FEEL STRONGLY THERE IS A NEED TO CHANGE OUR CONSTITUTION TO SUIT THE TIMES, AND ENSHRINE THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE IRISH PROCLAMATION INTO A NEW CONSTITUTION .CONTACT PAUL O CONNELL AT LEICESTER UNIVERSITY UK.”?

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The Other Proclamation.


Come Here To Me!

150 years ago today, the Fenian Rising commenced.

Less than ten years after the founding of the Fenian Brotherhood in New York and the Irish Republican Brotherhood in Dublin, armed men assembled across Dublin and in other parts of the country. The insurrection is synonymous with Tallaght, where thousands of Fenians mobilised for action, but there were outbreaks of violence in other places too. At Stepaside and Glencullen, men led by the American Civil War veteran Patrick Lennon carried a green flag into battle emblazoned with the words ‘REMEMBER EMMET’.

The insurrection quickly collapsed; William Domville Handcock, a Tallaght landowner and Magistrate for County Dublin, wrote dismissively of “the Fenian Battle of Tallaght as it was called, though it was unworthy of the name.” Even some later separatists dismissed what occurred in 1867; Bulmer Hobson, the maverick IRB organiser who would do so much to revitalise the Fenian movement in…

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