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Revolutionary Remembrance: Options For Ship Names (That Aren’t Poets)

Something a little different for this post series today, focusing on a very specific possibility for remembrance. The Irish Naval Service has the unfortunate problem of being largely anonymous to most Irish people. It’s task as a constabulary navy is … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Remembrance: The ARR’s Of The Irish Civil War

On the 90th anniversary of the Beal na Mblath shooting, the usual platitudes and speeches were trotted out in an annual festival that has become largely meaningless due to its regularity. I usually pay the FG historical love-in little mind … Continue reading

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What The Irish Defence Forces Did This Year

This year: The Irish Defence Forces disabled over 50 viable explosive devices. The Irish Defence Forces carried out nearly 2’000 high security escorts. The Irish Defence Forces continued to provide security at Portlaoise prison. The Irish Defence Forces deployed 3’000 … Continue reading

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The Irish Peacekeeper

The Irish forces that are part of UNIFIL are on station in the southern Lebanon today, continuing their tour of duty. I now recall a story first told to me by a friend of mine a while back, that he … Continue reading

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Keep The Peace

My very best wishes and prayers go with the Irish peacekeepers, those who have arrived and those shortly to go, who will take over the security of 140 square miles of south Lebenon, including the border with Israel. It is no easy … Continue reading

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Limerick, Defence And Foreign Affairs: Cian Prendiville

So, the other day, I received another reply to my e-mail to the Limerick City constituencies…a week after the election. Socialist/ULA candidate Cian Prendiville, the 21 year old. He finished in mid-table, and only now has decided to get back to me. Getting a reply … Continue reading

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Cloch Le Carn – Dermot Earley

RTE aired an excellent recounting of the life of Dermot Earley on Monday. Earley was a Lt. General in the Irish Defence Forces, its Chief of Staff from 2007 to 2009, a veteran of numerous peacekeeping missions, a Gaelic Football … Continue reading

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Limerick, Defence and Foreign Affairs: Michael Noonan

Michael Noonan, being a very busy man, couldn’t answer my e-mail directly. I think that’s understandable, seeing as how he is appearing on every talk show going. Instead Jim Duffy, a member of the FG backroom team, sent me the … Continue reading

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Fianna Fail And Labour On Fine Gael Defence Plans: Distortion

If there is one thing that I don’t like, it is distortion of someone elses words or writings in order to prove a point. Especially a political point. It shows that the distorter in question doesn’t actually have a credible … Continue reading

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Limerick, Defence And Foreign Affairs: Maurice Quinlivan

The third answer to my previous e-mail. As before, my original e-mail in bold, my current commentary in italics. (Note: All e-mails are reproduced faithfully. All grammar and spelling errors are theirs. I received this e-mail around midnight last night, so I … Continue reading

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