" 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.)

This blog was listed as one of the 'Finalists' in the '2016 current affairs/politics' category of the Littlewoods Ireland blog awards - but we didn't win the award. But not to worry -thanks to everyone involved for getting us to the final stage of the competition and sure we'll try again the next time!

Monday, November 19, 2012


Not to make light of the actual subject matter (...but just to have a wee bit of craic with this 'teaser' for same!) on Wednesday 21st November next we will be posting about an ex-IRA gunman , who was so highly thought off by the Republican leadership that he was one of an elite team that were hand-picked to take part in one of the most famous operations to date , during which he was captured by the British , court martialed, sentenced to hang and held at Kilmainham Jail ,Dublin, from which he escaped with other high-profile Irish Republicans. However, after he became a 'poacher-turned-gamekeeper' , he lost the plot over a pound of tomatoes and became such a liability to his new Free State 'friends' that they wanted rid of him and put a price on his head , using some of the funds that were to go to the State 'Secret Service' to solve their problem. But the man confounded his enemies , old and new, and lived to see his 77th year in 1976....(MORE ON WEDNESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2012).

Thanks for visiting, Sharon.