Category Archives: women

Are we re-living the 1930s?

  With the rise in protectionism and isolationism,  a rise in authoritarianism, the question must be asked; Are we living through another 1930s? http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/01/are-we-living-through-another-1930s-paul-mason?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress Advertisements

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How male and female bathing suits got smaller and smaller

How male and female bathing suits got smaller and then bigger again goes to highlight what I believe to be the cyclical nature of human history. Simply put old ideas that were once seen as practical and popular go out … Continue reading

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There can be only One

The unkillable soldier http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30685433 The image that comes to most people’s mind when they imagine veterans, is that of venerable old men (and increasingly women), sitting with their medals showing, usually in a quiet room. Generally they are alone… The … Continue reading

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The forgotten women of the ‘war in the East’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29665232

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How Nigeria turned Her Majesty’s prison into a place of pleasure

  The British had quite the habit of exporting convicts to their colonies, sometimes to work in forced labour, sometimes for penal servitude made all the worse by its great distance from loved ones and familiarity. Indeed the word ‘exported’ … Continue reading

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Countess Markievicz’s Court Martial records

Constance Gore Booth aka Countess Markievicz is listed in this record from the National Archives of the United Kingdom, Kew. She was an active member of the Irish Citizen Army before and during the Easter Rising of 1916 and afterwards … Continue reading

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Countess Markievicz’s Court Martial records

Constance Gore Booth aka Countess Markievicz is listed in this record from the National Archives of the United Kingdom, Kew. She was an active member of the Irish Citizen Army before and during the Easter Rising of 1916 and afterwards … Continue reading

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Puritanical Ireland’s great poster cover-up

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/puritanical-irelandrsquos-great-poster-cover-up-269689.html?utm_source=androidapp&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=sharebutton This is a fantastic archive, a cross section of Irish censorship history throughout the twentieth century. Looking at, in particular Marilyn Monroe’s “dress”, one cannot but help be struck by the sheer absurdity of it all! A great head-shaking … Continue reading

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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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A Long Long Decade….

  http://m.rte.ie/news/touch//2014/0328/605079-cumann-na-mban-centenary/ The Western World is for the next few years contemplating a very important issue. Almost one hundred years ago, millions of men (and some women) were sent abroad to fight in a war that warped and forever changed … Continue reading

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‘A bed to lie o…

‘A bed to lie on, and enough food to keep life in us to enable us to work, is all any of us should think of now.’ When Terence MacSwiney was attempting to keep the Irish Volunteers out of the … Continue reading

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