I was reflecting on the anniversary of Bobby Sands last Tuesday morning, as I always do on the 5th of May. Both Twitter and Facebook were awash with photographs and quotations recalling his brave exploits from 34 years ago. I was reading through some of these when I received the distressing phone-call that Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison has been shot dead.
It is both timely and healthy that campaigning, lobbying and protest have taken centre stage again with political systems across Europe in perpetual crisis. A cursory glance at world history indicates that the powerful only yield when under mounting pressure. The end to slavery, suffrage for women and political equality for African-American community are mentioned as the most recognisable examples of this fact.
Many Gaels and progressive activists throughout the world will be drawing inspiration and courage this week from the powerful memory of Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands as we commemorate 33 years since he gave his life for Irish freedom and a better world.
A combination of confusion, anger and despondency has taken root in the Irish language community over the past month as people digest the repercussions of the disastrous decisions taken by Foras na Gaeilge.
The Latest interactive app from Oin Interactive is now available to download for free from the iTunes App store, This Irish Language app allows users to explore an interactive house where they can absorb the sounds and phrases commonly used in everyday Gaeilge life . Tweet
The year of 2014 commences with the political class in the north exposed as a laughing stock to any idle international journalist still showing an interest in this place. Terms like ‘dejá-vú’ and ‘groundhog day’ came to mind as we tried to make sense of the surreal society we reside in.