" A wealth of information..."

"1169 And Counting is a wealth of information on our Republican past and present , and demonstrates how the Irish political landscape , like that of any nation, will never be a black and white issue..."

(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)



IRISH BLOG AWARDS 2017 - we made it to the finalists page last year but never got to the stage :- ( 'cause not enough of ye feckers out there voted for us! So we're gonna give ya a second chance - the blog awards this year will be held on Thursday, October 5th (2017) in The Academy, Middle Abbey Street, in Dublin city centre, and we would appreciate if you could keep an eye here and give us a vote when ya can. Or else we'll get our 'Junior' to put up a pay wall and then ye will be sorry...!


Tuesday, February 22, 2005

'THE PRESS' Newspaper , October 1797 - March 1798 .
Too Radical for the Radicals .......

....... when Oliver Bond's house was raided (on 12th March 1798) by the Brits , Thomas Addis Emmet was fortunate enough not to have been there . He knew he was a wanted man , and went 'on-the-run' .......


He was eventually captured by the Brits around May that year (1798) and imprisoned in Fort George Prison in Scotland until 1802 ; on his release , at 38 years young , he went to Brussels . When his younger brother , Robert , led the Rising in Ireland in 1803 (at 25 years young) , Thomas Addis Emmet was in Paris .

Following the failure of that armed insurrection , Thomas went to America and practiced law in New York . He had by this stage married an Irish girl , Jane Patten , the daughter of the Rev. John Patten from Clonmel in County Tipperary - that marriage took place in Ireland in 1791 , when he was 27 years young . Thomas Addis Emmet , born in 1764 in Cork , Ireland , died in New York City on 14th November 1827 , at the age of 63 .

The other 'main man' in the leadership of the United Irishmen organisation who was wary (if not opposed to) 'The Press' newspaper and its two main proprietors , Arthur O'Connor and 'Lord' Edward Fitzgerald , was Dr. William James MacNeven .......

(MORE LATER).


LIGHTS , CAMERA , REAGAN .......!
By John Dean.
First published in 'MAGILL' magazine , October 1980 , pages 30, 31, 35, and 37.
Re-published here in 20 parts .
(4 of 20).

Nancy Reagan is said to be the real power ; a case in point occurred during a recent press conference in Florida when Ronnie Reagan remarked that a marijuana cigarette was probably a bigger cancer hazard than a tobacco cigarette . A reporter catching Reagan offguard pointed out that it was'nt necessary to smoke as many marijuana cigarettes to get the desired effect ; as Reagan hesitated a beat , Nancy nudged him and whispered loud enough for one reporter to hear "... you would'nt know " .

" I would'nt know , " Reagan replied . Such momentary lapses are rare for Ronnie Reagan , who has pledged to take an annual senility test if he is elected .

Usually he knows what he's talking about , and for good reason - whenever he speaks he always falls back on what has come to be known as 'The Speech' : no matter how much the parts are re-arranged , updated or edited , the message - and the two main points - are the same and have been for the past 15 years .......

(MORE LATER).


BIG BROTHER HAS ARRIVED .......
An investigation into the extent of telephone surveillance in Ireland shows that with the aid of new technology , telephone tapping has reached alarmimg proportions and most of it is done illegally .
By Frank Doherty .
First published in 'MAGILL' magazine , December 1980 , page 19.
[6 of 6].

More recently , the UDA intercepted the telex line used by Pierre Salinger , U.S. President Kennedy's former Press Secretary , when he came to Belfast as a correspondent for ABC TV to interview IRA men . When Salinger telexed his office in Paris that he had made contact , the RUC , who intercepted the line as a matter of course , pounced .

But when they closed the net the only people in it were Salinger and a few local Sinn Fein people ; the Provos , it seemed , had either tapped Sallinger's line or the RUC lines .

The UDA , annoyed at the Provos' propaganda coup in getting the RUC to arrest Salinger without any loss to themselves , then showed copies of his primitively-coded messages to Paris to other pressmen , claiming he had come to Belfast to meet the IRA .

[END of ' BIG BROTHER HAS ARRIVED ....... '].
(Tomorrow - 'DEATH LIST 1989' - from 'MAGILL' magazine , July 1989).