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My Road to Damascus

By Patrick Van Roy On September 17th, 2020 at 8:28 pm

Guest Post by Charles

   It was a soft Irish day that morning in Dublin. The day held promise as we made our way to Connolly Station where the Missus and I would board the train north to Belfast by way of Drogheda. I expected a meetup with new friends, a few pints, a bit o’craic, and a tour of the city.  I got all that, but also got an entirely new way of thinking about the situation in Northern Ireland. I entered Belfast an American Republican and left the next day an ”Irish” Republican. 

What does Irish Republicanism mean to me?  First and foremost, it means a United Ireland.  The form that this takes is up to the Irish people.  (However, after speaking to people all over Dublin, I have my doubts as to interest in the south over unification. Dubliners seem to be quite ignorant about the North.)  Secondly, my republicanism requires that ALL Irishmen are allowed to live in freedom, dignity, and equality.  Thirdly, my republicanism does not automatically enroll me in any proscribed organization, but recognizes the right of self defense. Let me be clear. I am non-sectarian. 

Let me stop here and ask my Irish Republican friends if I’m on the right track, or am I talking through my arse?

I think my road to Damascus was the Falls Road. Our own Seimi is quite the tour guide!  Sitting in the car looking at the Bobby Sands Mural, thinking that this man starved himself to death for his cause and country. Or listening to Seimi’s own family’s story, which I will leave between us two, which inspired me so deeply.  After two days in Belfast, my political transformation was complete. I am so proud that my great grand father Patrick Murray was a Catholic from Northern Ireland and that I was there to represent to the family.

Go raibh maith agat!

The ATW Charitable Fund

By Mike Cunningham On July 1st, 2015 at 5:14 pm

I am announcing, with suitable gravity, a brand new Charity, and I am in the process of registering same with the Charity Commissioners.

We shall be raising funds, and aiming, in the first year, at a target of ten million pounds. The aims of this new Charity?

It will be to provide a great many more suitable candidates with suitable reservations to act as this deserving family has already done so!

I predict great things for the new Charity which shall be named, ‘Go Thou, and do likewise

 

But you only need the light when it’s burning low

By Mike Cunningham On February 21st, 2015 at 9:22 am

The thing which I wish to put across is to ask why we are not exporting more of the same to Syria, where hopefully the efficient Security and Military infrastructure of the admirable Assad Government can target them best?

My own opinion of these three deluded clowns? Three less to worry about!

 

or would it just be sensible not to eat them?

By Mike Cunningham On January 9th, 2015 at 9:14 am

We read of a family involved in a ‘bitter’ argument with an American airline; the argument centring around this boy’s peanut allergy. Apparently, he had an allergic reaction when one year-old, and has steered clear of nuts ever since, or at least his family has ensured that he does not eat any nuts.

So, the family, before boarding the American jet, demanded that the airline stop serving nuts to all their passengers during the flight, on the grounds that if their son saw a nut, or even nuts, he would immediately grab some, and as they ‘knew’ that he would immediately go into anaphylactic shock if nuts were anywhere around him, wanted the nuts to be withdrawn.

So they were kicked off the list, tickets cancelled, and it took a further two days to reconfirm and re-list their flights.

Oh, and just by the way, they didn’t succeed in having nuts banned on that flight either. Terrible business; not enough warm nuts served on one flight; two too many on another!

 

It’s Moving Night

By Patrick Van Roy On June 20th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

It’s moving night, They’ve packed their things and spread their wings. Time to go where the cool waters flow, the flowers bloom, and all things are green. If you see a flicker out of the corner of your eye, or think you here a gentle sigh. Remember it’s moving night the Fay have taken flight.

What You don’t believe in Faeries ? Well I do, after all I am a TROLL

Please hold the Poles whilst we are moving.

By Mike Cunningham On March 20th, 2012 at 9:09 am

The thing which surprises me about Ryanair is not their making people pay £10 extra to be seated next to the emergency exits, it is the truth that they supply seats at all!

 

THE STATIC TRAVELLERS..

By David Vance On September 23rd, 2011 at 7:12 am

How mad is this?

Rent and council tax rebates are being paid to around 25 of the “households” on Dale Farm, Basildon Council has confirmed. That is despite a 10-year legal battle deciding that the homes in Essex are illegal because they are built on green belt land without planning permission. Yesterday the council, which is spending £18m to clear the illegal site, defended its position saying that the needy are entitled to a claim even if they do not have planning permission. A council spokesman said the maximum travellers could now claim was £25 a week in housing benefit and £845 a year for council tax. “People are entitled to make a claim even if the property they are renting does not have planning permission,” she said.

Little wonder that the inhabitants are so static. Let us hope that the Court makes a definitive decision today resulting in the upholding of the law. The sooner these people are evicted from the portion of land they occupy illegally the better. I was also wondering how many of those poor oppressed Travellers pay their TV License Fee?

UN TO INVADE UK?

By David Vance On September 14th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Just wondering if the high priests of the UN will seek to take military action against the UK? I say this after reading that a UN representative has accused a council of ‘violating international law’ as it prepares to evict residents from a Europe’s largest illegal travellers’ site.

Professor Yves Cabannes, a United Nations adviser on forced eviction (Yes, that’s an actual UN job), was visiting Dale Farm near Basildon in Essex, where a mass clearance is due to begin on Monday. His accusations came soon after it was revealed that one of the Dale Farm travellers is masterminding a multi-million-pound property development in Ireland. Michael Quilligan claims he will be made homeless after the clearing of Dale Farm, but is backing a 33-house development, where he is believed to have sold houses to other Dale Farm residents.

Ah, must be the stress of all those £££millions that gets Mt Quilligan a tad confused. With Vanessa Redgrave and now this august UN Professor on their side, along with the usual media cheer-leaders, what can go wrong for the Dale Farm gypsies?

PREDATORY TRAVELLERS

By David Vance On September 12th, 2011 at 8:16 am

Living quarters: Victims were kept in sheds, kennels and horseboxes

I noticed that the august Unite Nations got involved in a situation in southern England involving a group of Irish “Travellers” who had illegally built on greenzone land and subsequently  face eviction from that part of their camp. Nothing like a bit of law-breaking to get liberal hearts-a-beating. Hopefully the local authorities, respecting the wishes of local people, will evict these Irish Gypsies from the land they have NO RIGHT to build on in due course. But ANOTHER situation has popped up, also involving “Travellers” and the UN seem to have lost their tongue. I wonder why?

Two dozen modern day slaves held in appalling conditions were rescued when police raided a travellers’ camp yesterday. 

About 200 officers stormed the site where the men were being kept in filthy caravans, dog kennels and horseboxes.

Some were starving.

The vulnerable victims had been lured from soup kitchens, benefit offices and hostels with promises of paid jobs and shelter.

Get that? Modern day slavery, care of that rich multicultural Travelling community. Let us trust that those behind this barbarism suffer the full penalty of the law – even if it means that their “travelling” is restricted to the floor of a prison cell.

Answer truthfully?

By Mike Cunningham On March 7th, 2011 at 9:47 am

I must go online to a stationery retailer, and order up a small number of rubber stamps; each of which will carry a facsimile of my signature. They will all however be different, because of the acronym initials on each stamp.

My stamps will carry the following:-

N.O.Y.B.

N.O.Y.F.B.

W.T.H.H.I.G.T.D.W.Y.?

W.Y.F.H.H.I.G.T.D.W.Y?

F.O.!!!

B.M.E.

The last stamp declares my existence as a Bloody Minded Englishman.

These stamps will therefore save on the energy involved in the writing of those comments upon the Census Forms, and I predict a huge rise in the profits of such companies as Rymans.