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Here is a short seven-minute clip of Thomas Mac Giolla speaking at the Desmond Greaves School last September. I was there to record Brian Hanley and Mick Ryan for an audio podcast, but when Thomás got up to speak I grabbed my digital camera and filmed as much as I could before the memory card […]

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[Joe Deasy giving a speech in Middle Abbey Street, c.1965.]
The following clip is from an interview with Joe Deasy, who was born in 1922 and who met and worked with Jim Larkin Snr in the 1940s. Both were Labour councillors on Dublin Corporation. Joe would later leave the Labour party and join the Irish […]

 
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[This is an edited version of an article I wrote which first appeared in Football Studies 11, 1 (2008). The article itself is based on a paper I presented at the 2005 Irish Sport History Conference.]
In 1955 the Irish political, cultural, and religious establishment found itself challenged by an unusual and reluctant opponent: The […]

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I’ve been meaning to post Wormhole for a while now. Donagh mentioned them to me during the week, so that was the prod I needed to get it done.
I know very little about the band, having only picked up their Chicks Dig Scars CD last year second-hand. Thankfully, there’s a couple of websites dedicated […]

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Below are the three songs from the Subterraneans´1987 release on Mother Records, SLUM, which I picked up on Amazon last week. The brief biog of the band comes from the wonderful Irish Punk and New Wave Discography.
Enjoy.

Formed circa1982. Carling/Hot Press Band of 1986 which should have led to a single on WEA but the label […]

 
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Just came across this excellent little video of Jinx Lennon’s song ´My Guitar is a Magic Wand´.
Enjoy.

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Thanks to Reekussunfare for this. A clip of the Blades miming to “Downmarker” outside the RTE studios in Donnybrook, sometime in the early 1980s.

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the expression ‘working classes’ shall include mechanics, artizans, labourers, and others working for wages, hawkers, costermongers, persons not working for wages, but working at some trade or handicraft without employing others except members of their own family; and persons, other than domestic servants, whose income in any case does not exceed an average of 60/- […]

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(Photo by Graham Keogh.)
A lot has been written about Jinx Lennon. All positive, and all well-deserved. A true original voice. He’s been the subject of RTE’s Arts Lives, clips from which are available on YouTube here.
From his website biog:
Jinx takes the word singer songwriter,douses it liberally with petrol lights it up and then takes a […]

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