" 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...!


Sunday, March 22, 2009

" A TERRIBLE BEAUTY...."


"Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven's part, our part
To murmur name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.

What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death;
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith
For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;

And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse -
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born...."

(From here.)

REPUBLICAN COMMEMORATIONS FOR EASTER 2009 , DUBLIN .
(Above photograph from here.)

Easter Saturday , 11th April 2009 , 3pm on the bridge in Balbriggan. A bus to this Easter Commemoration will be leaving at 2pm from outside the RSF Offices at 223 Parnell Street and will be returning to the city centre afterwards. (See last year's Easter Saturday Commemoration here.)

Easter Sunday , 12th April 2009 , 1pm at the Cemetery gates in Deansgrange. (See last year's Easter Sunday Commemoration here.)

Easter Monday , 13th April 2009 , Garden of Remembrance , Dublin City Centre at 1.45pm : the parade will leave at that time to arrive at the GPO for 2pm. (See last year's Easter Monday Commemoration here.)

Further details regarding each of the three commemorations will be published on this blog between now and then.
Thanks!
Sharon.
(PLEASE NOTE : this will be our last post until early April as we are taking a short holiday.)