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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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Deep Dive into Creativity & Class!

“When the racist imperialist John Milton, who believed the Gaelic Irish to be subhuman, wrote in the introduction to his great blank verse poem Paradise Lost that ‘rhyme is the relic of a barbarous age’ he was inadvertently alerting us to the effect that formal elements of art are determined by the needs, structures, and […]

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NOW IS THE WRONG TIME TO TRUST OUR RULERS – NOW IS THE TIME FOR MUTINY

As rulers & media, motivated by profit over people, continue efforts to downplay & distract from covid19 & brainwash us all into crowded shops, pubs, restaurants, public transport, schools & workplaces, it’s important that the rest of us take stock of the real & developing situation with the disease. 1) The spread of Covid19 is […]

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US RULING CLASS THROWING FAR-RIGHT ALLIES OVERBOARD SO THEY CAN STAY AFLOAT?

Goldman Sachs, the investment bankers/pirates, released a report yesterday showing that mandatory mask-wearing in the US would save at least 5% of US GDP because of the huge effect it would have on preventing transmission of Covid19. 5 per cent of GDP is a significant figure – it could make the difference between a total […]

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GO ON EILEEN!!!!

Congratulations to my friend & comrade Eileen Ní Fhloinn on her appointment to the Seanad. It is long overdue that a Traveller held such a position in national politics. I know that Eileen will not only be a strong & fearless voice in representing Travellers, but on behalf of all the oppressed & exploited in […]

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The Phony War Will Soon Be Over

The original phony war was a period of relative calm & peace at the outbreak of WW11, between September 1939 & May 1940, when very little fighting was done.  The impact of being at war was not felt by most people. Most people thought a peace deal would be worked out pretty soon & everything […]

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GASLIGHTING FOR BEGINNERS – Some Remarks on the ARTS in The Programme For Government.

The Arts are not considered important enough to have their own section in the programme for government. Instead they are included alongside Justice, Online Safety, & Sport in a section entitled ‘Mission: Building Stronger & Safer Communities’.  Most artists, I presume, will be surprised that FFGREEN consider them in the same category as Judges, Prison […]

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SNOWFLAKES

Snowflakes – A Poem by Dave Lordan Written after I got called a snowflake on the internet by some right wing troll. I was quite flattered, as of course a snowflake means a person with a conscience, but also it’s an insult that is usually thrown at people much younger than me! It’s such a […]

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HOW NOT TO BE A BLACK AND TAN TODAY

The Black & Tans were part of an international phenomenon of right-wing and fascist governments using irregular & paramilitary forces against left wing people’s revolts all over Europe. In Italy these became Mussolini’s blackshirts. In Germany they became Hitler’s Brownshirts. They locked up the commies, the jews, the gays, the artists… The descendants of the […]

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SOUNDTRACK OF THE WICKLOW MOUNTAINS

Christy Moore’s sung version of my poem Lost Tribe of the Wicklow Mountains, first released on the album Lily in 2016, features on the soundtrack of the new sports documentary- Coming Home – Ag Teacht Abhaile. “Paddy O’Leary was raised on a dairy farm in County Wexford, Ireland, and grew up playing on the local […]

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SHIPWRECKS, SEASHELLS & THE MOTHER OF GOD – The Dead Friends Part 3 #memoir #90s #westcork

There were fairies in Ireland then, & I grew up there, thinking that fairy life was something that was inseparable from Irish life. Fairy stories would be told that were to me & to those around me as much realities of Irish life as are the stories that I now read in books called “Realities […]

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An Only Child. (i.m. 18yo Zhao Liu Tao murdered by racists in Dublin in January 2002.)

I had my grandfather’s mouth.In famine he was told to thrive on hunger.He wouldn’t swallow it.They cut his tongue out. I had my father’s eyebrows.They arced like blackbird’s wingsand nearly touched across his brow.He kept his head down. I had my mother’s lips.She sang true songs of long ago.Now my lips are blue,she sews her’s […]

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BYE BYE TO THE BY-ELECTIONS

BYE BYE TO THE BY-ELECTIONS Good luck to the socialist candidates at today’s counts. The fact that low turnout favours the big parties, together with a lack of a grassroots movements such as the water charges to inspire working class people to come out and vote for a left candidate, means we do not expect […]

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VICTORY TO THE REBEL FARMERS

I support the farmers 100%. I admire the militancy & determination of their protest. I call on all my friends and comrades to come out and publicly support them. A win for them will be a win for all grassroots movements – they are showing us all how it’s done. We have a lot to […]

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BRENDAN BEHAN’S FIRST POEM

RED ENVOY I bring no songs of rolling drums Of pennons flying gaily I sing of filth and dirty slums Gaunt man with hunger crazy Canticles, not of virtue bright, nor holy austere lives. I chronicle consumption’s blight And the haggard face of wives Who gaze on children, pale and wan Who see no flowers […]

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FIRE AND FLOOD MADE US

FIRE AND FLOOD MADE US This evening I will be on RTE radio 1’s Arena Arts Show discussing the art, literature & music of climate change. I will be talking about how major climate change/disruption events impacted on human culture in the past. For example, the universality of Flood (and to a lesser extent Fire) […]

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ONLY AMERICANS BURN IN HELL by Jarett Kobek – a review #twitterati #dmt #facebook #trump #posttruth #killerfairies #jarettkobek

Only Americans Burn in Hell is by Turkish-American writer, Jarett Kobek. It’s a second follow up to 2016’s surprise self-published hit, I Hate The Internet. Like that book, it is a scathing satire of contemporary society, institutions, and media. Kobek’s Fans include the radical comedian Stewart Lee & the anarchist writer Alan Moore, and he […]

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