Monthly Archives: May 2014

Rising Anger

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/centenary-will-breathe-life-into-old-rising-myths-30263185.html   There is an unspoken hatred among historians, especially military historians and that is the myth! Mythology in Irish life is a fantastic and wonderful thing; it has shaped our existence, our cultural history and even influenced how we … Continue reading

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Necessity is the mother is of invention…

Ever wonder how the humble wristwatch was invented??? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26935867

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Have we found Fred and Nellie?

Originally posted on British Museum blog:
Ben Alsop, Curator, British Museum Silver George V shilling re-engraved as a love token, 1916 (J.3283) In February I wrote a post about a First World War love token which we have in the…

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The not so silent Killer…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27365003   PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is affecting more British veterans than ever before. A British charity says that it’s treating over 4,500 veterans, the greatest number ever presenting with symptoms consistent with the affliction, the greatest number in … Continue reading

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Could Vietnam have been nuked in 1954?

  Could Vietnam have been nuked in 1954? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27243803

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Lest we forget

The community of Listowel in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland ought to be congratulated. From such a small town, so many great writers have come forth (John B. Keane, Bryan MacMahon, etc), sporting greats (Owen “The Bomber” Liston, Tadhg Keenly, … Continue reading

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The plot thickens…

  http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/university-historians-distance-themselves-from-boston-tapes-30250418.html   It could be called the story which keeps on giving and it certainly shows no signs of stopping any time soon. Senior historians presently and previously attached to the Massachusetts based, Boston College, have come out publicly … Continue reading

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A US soldier searches for his Vietnamese son

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27159697

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Spy plane causes air traffic chaos

Spy plane causes air traffic chaos http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27292440 A real blast from the past here! Where’s Gary Powers when you need Him!!

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Spy plane causes air traffic chaos

Spy plane causes air traffic chaos http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27292440 A real blast from the past here! Where’s Gary Powers when you need Him!!

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College prepared to return NI tapes

College prepared to return NI tapes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27286543 A very worrying possible direction for archival material. Regrettably the highly emotive case of the McConvilles could ignite passions concerning the keeping of incindiary archival records. The difficulty for historians and especially historians … Continue reading

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The Long, Dirty War

Following on from last week’s post about the vandalism of graves of former servicemen in Ulster, this week’s article looks at remembrance of a different shade and how after a generation justice is still elusive to the dead. In December, … Continue reading

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NI police ‘seek Adams extension’

An interesting development. More detailed analysis of the Jean McConville case, oral history and the place of residence historian in the scheme of justice, on Monday’s post police ‘seek Adams extension’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27260040

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