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SUMER’S RETURN – PHASE THREE OF THE IRISH STATE’S APPROACH TO LITERATURE.

Writing, & therefore Literature, was brought into being in Sumer, world’s first empire, world’s first organ of organised massacre, about 3000BC, to account the wealth of the ruling class, & to provide them with the lies & the eloquence to charm & manipulate the wider populace. The Irish State, a descendant of Sumer like all […]

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RENOVATIONS IN HELL. #princephillip #tw

The arrival of Philip in Hell triggered some troubling reflections on the part of the real Prince on the increasingly urgent matters of categorization & accommodation in his majestic domain. Charlemagne had already said Philip was not welcome in the section reserved for European royalty & their associated bad bastards. ‘No-one can stand the cnut […]

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THE UPRIGHT FISH

It happened as of a sudden that The Fish got totally fed up of the horizontal plane & decided trying out being An Upright Fish for a while. & if you saw The Upright Fish as it funnelled itself up from the utterdark of the lower depths through ever brightening ultramarine towards the open air […]

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THE RISING OF THE BARDS

Out of the seven signatories to The Proclamation, five were Bardic artists. Pearse, Mcdonogh, Plunkett were poets of the bookish sort, Connolly wrote performance poems & ballads, Ceannt was a renowned on the Uillean Pipes – an instrument of poetic miltancy if ever there were one. It is no wonder then that The Proclamation is […]

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RETURN OR RESURRECTION?

Return is the demonic opposite of resurrection. Whereas resurrection transforms, return repeats. Not once or twice, but indefinitely in a process which demeans existence – first as tragedy, second as farce, thereafter over & over as farcical tragedy. Human existence, as lived by humans in our day, is a succession of phenomenon we have already […]

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THE HARROWING OF HELL – why Panti Bliss is going to Heaven, & David Quinn is not.

WHAT happened to Christ on Holy Saturday as he lay dead between The Crucifixion & The Resurrection is known as The Harrowing of Hell. Christ descends into Hell, where all dead pre-christian humans since the beginning of time have been stored, to divide them into the damned and the saved and lead the Righteous in […]

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FALSE DAWN

The air of optimism re Covid currently being projected by our Govt, our media, & our pharisees (excuse me, I meant to say ‘experts’) is wishful thinking. Global cases rose by 15% last week. Health systems are on the verge of collapse across the Global South, notably Brazil. Panicked ministers across the European continent are […]

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THE TRIUMPH OF DEATH

The Triumph of Death First the skeletons marched on our rivals & we couldn’t have been more uplifted – look at all the effort they are saving us! Then when the skeletons rounded on artists & outlaws we spoke from both sides of our mouths, abandoning compassion & truth. Our backs were turned. Our hearts […]

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BOLLOCKSONARO AKA THE PAYTRIOT AKA THE RUBBER GOON AKA KETMAN21. #worldantiracismday

Finished wankin.Out of everythin.Tossin & turnin& goofin on the Ket. Let’s go find a targeton the internet. Me ex detests me.Me kids won’t see me.Friends with no-one,& everyone wants me bet. Let’s go spray me brainshiton the internet. I do me own research.Click click click til I find what hurts,launch it on me profilelike a […]

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FIGHT THE FAR RIGHT – KEEP IRELAND BEAUTIFUL & FREE #paddysday

FIGHT THE FAR RIGHT – KEEP IRELAND BEAUTIFUL & FREE Evil people, capitalising on Govt incompetence & understandable frustration with the lockdown, plan to hijack our national day today & capture the headlines for their cocaine-fuelled riots, copied from British fascists; for the hatespeech they import from Alabama; for anti-lockdown & anti-worker misinformation cooked up […]

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SPITTING ON ANOTHER MASTER’S GRAVE #nationalschool #1980s #smalltownireland

SPITTING ON ANOTHER MASTER’S GRAVE #nationalschool #1980s #smalltownireland It was bright October in our holy school & the dazzle of afternoon was sowinglight-headedness throughoutour classroom. Even the master was smiling.Smiling at us with amused eyes& telling some rambling talefrom a campfire of his youth,the same one he recountedwhenever a smile spread across his face like […]

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OUR PRIVATE ESTATE | DAVE LORDAN

The Doors The detective calls door-to-door investigating a killing so brilliantly simple it could have been committed by anyone who can ring a doorbell. Over three twelve-hour days, 676 doors. The same questions in the same order at every door, asked of a man or a woman, or a man and a woman. Aside from […]

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The County Manager #truecrime

In the middle of the night the county manager called to my door. I murdered him with the ceremonial dagger I always bring when answering my door, whether or no it is in the middle of the night. I stabbed him in the voice-box. It was an efficient kill, then, although also, with hindsight, in […]

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DINOSAURS?

DINOSAURS? Not yet, but I wouldn’t rule it out with all the inbreeding. #royalfamily There are 600 title-holding aristocratic families in the UK, sharing 2000 titles between them, each worth an average of 16 million pounds sterling to its holder. The monarchy alone cost the Uk Treasury 67 million pounds sterling in 2020. I can […]

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FREE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS WITH THE CIVIC THEATRE AND THE IRISH NATIONAL OPERA

Following on from current workshop with the designer Shane Sutton, Irish National Opera and the Civic are delighted to launch another series of weekly workshops taking place in March with the writer Dave Lordan. These workshops are perfect for any adults looking for something new and creative to try out in their evenings. Participation is […]

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VOLUNTEER EDWARD O BRIEN AND THE HYPOCRISY OF PIRA COMMEMORATIONS.

VOLUNTEER EDWARD O BRIEN AND THE HYPOCRISY OF PIRA COMMEMORATIONS. Following a campaign by Fine Gael and their media supporters, Sinn Fein have cancelled a commemoration for PIRA Volunteer Edward O Brien, who ‘accidentally’ suicide bombed a London Bus in 1994, killing himself and injuring several others. A massacre was narrowly avoided. There is simply […]

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NEW TEACHING ADVENTURE

NEW TEACHING ADVENTURE ❤️😊👇🏻 This morning I lead my first workshop of a six-week course in Storytelling & Local Folklore with Bray Area Partnership, which is free to participants as part of Co Wicklow’s Resilience program Stories & Lore keep alive what would otherwise irrevocably vanish from human memory & collective experience. This morning’s intro […]

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SNOWFLAKE

Yes. I admit it. I’m one of those thunderin snowflakes You’re always gabbin on about. Sure, I’m only half a man Compared to you. I’m lightweight & I’m blown about All over the gaff. Fair enough. It’s as you say. No kind of warrior am I atall. I’’ll melt away in one degree of heat […]

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DRIVING HOME FROM DERRY (2002)bloodysunday #derry #Palestine #neverforget #solidarity

After the hours retracingBloody Sunday’s route with thirty thousand,from the Creggan Height right down to the basin of the Foyle,through all those ordinary, downtrodden, every-streets to Free Derry Corner.After the speeches, the clapping, the marching bands, the mourning,the silence, the wind in the flags; after the names were joined-Derry, Palestine, Afghanistan-time came for five to […]

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THE ONLY REAL IRISH POET IN DUBLIN #truestory #MurderCase #irishwriters #irishpoets #irishspokenword

Fran glimpses Mac the Handsome for the last time from a packed 145 moving, in fits and starts, through traffic-choked Donnybrook. A Spring afternoon in 2009; it has just stopped drizzling & to avoid gawking at the passengers opposite him, Fran sleeves the human moisture from the window and, to see what he can see, […]

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EXTERMINATE THE HARPERS AND THE BARDS – HEATHER HUMPHREYS’ NEW DECREE

“If you cannot find your way& you live nowhere each dayDig your roots and culture man”Benjamin Zepheniah, Roots & Culture Following their comprehensive victory over the Spanish-Irish Alliance at Kinsale in 1601, assisted by the traitor Earl Donogh O Brien, the Crown forces wished to press home their advantage & turn rout into annihilation. They […]

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