SEAMUS HEANEY: THE MANY STAGES OF THINKING

This discussion of Heaney’s politics and understanding of place is admirably nuanced, yet never unclear. He does full justice to Heaney’s complex understanding of “locations of writing”, places enlivened by association with literature, and his related understanding of his own home, which situates it in a broad spatial and temporal context. O … More SEAMUS HEANEY: THE MANY STAGES OF THINKING

CENTENARY OF THE BLACK AND TANS IN IRELAND

Black and Tans: ‘Half-drunk, whole-mad’ and one-fifth Irish By Diarmaid Ferriter in The Irish Times Black and Tans guarding Dublin street after a shooting on Gloucester Road.   One of the striking developments of 1919 in Ireland was the extent to which the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC), policing Ireland since 1836, came under siege by … More CENTENARY OF THE BLACK AND TANS IN IRELAND

DOWN MEMORY LANE

The runner was ragged, and appeared to be headed for Stranorlar. As he navigated the rough terrain north of Binbane hill, he ignored the urgent questions asked of him by the turf cutters and sheep herders whose paths he crossed. They thought, perhaps, he was chasing a wild dog. Some simply assumed he was “a maniac”. … More DOWN MEMORY LANE

FARMING IS NO LONGER A ‘MEN ONLY’ BUSINESS

“It is neither acceptable nor business-savvy for agencies, organisations and businesses that operate in Scottish agriculture today to be effectively male only. If we can help them to be better and more equitable, we should do so. Those agencies, organisations and businesses also need to hear clearly that men-only boards and governance structures must be consigned to the past. Scottish agriculture simply cannot afford to leave women behind, but changing a centuries-old culture will involve significant work. Crucially, it will require that everyone who has a stake and an interest in the future of agriculture in Scotland work together. … More FARMING IS NO LONGER A ‘MEN ONLY’ BUSINESS

WHO KILLED UNION BOSS JIMMY HOFFA?

The movie tells the story of organized crime in post-war America through the reflective eyes of World War II veteran Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran, a hustler, and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century.Spanning anning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history – the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa. … More WHO KILLED UNION BOSS JIMMY HOFFA?