The last Irish bard

We, the people, inhabiting this north Atlantic Archipelago,

sit and await the UK Government’s pleasure in deciding what our futures will be

(Brexit Deal/No Deal/ Revocation)?

As PM May “jets off ” to meet President Macron and Chancellor Merkel and beg for a stay of England’s

self-constructed and self-administered Brexit axe

Meanwhile,   let’s relax and enjoy a concert.
It’s been a long time since we’ve had one!
So here’s the music of Ireland’s last bard,  said to be Ireland’s greatest composer

Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin  (Turlough O’Carolan)

Risultati immagini per turlough o' carolan, ireland's last bard

He spent his life travelling back and forth between Ireland and Scotland

playing and composing for the great and good!

He was born in 1670 and died in 1738.
Son of a blacksmith, he was a blind Gaelic harper, composer, and singer whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition.

His life overlapped with other  great European  composers: JS Bach, organist (1685-1750), GF Haendel pianist,  violinist, organist and oboeist (1685.1779), A Vivaldi, violinist  (1678-1741) and A  Corelli, violinist  (1653 –  1713)

Only O’Carolan was a harpist and  composed for the harp

You can hear echoes of their influences in his work, but his Irish voice and music predominate

This was our contribution to European music during the English-imposed Penal Laws

which,  according to Edmund Burke constituted  “a machine of wise and elaborate contrivance, as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment and degradation of a people, and the debasement in them of human nature itself, as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man.

O’Carolan’s most famous piece was his Concerto

Here it is, as played by 30 harpists, protesting early in the 21st C,

at the Irish Governments decision to drive a motorway through Tara,

a mythical site in Ireland


Remember: This is  Ireland’s music  throughout the Penal Laws, another time when England did their worst for Ireland

Whatever the UK decides, Ireland will  move forward into her  own future,

remembering our ancestors’ bravery, talent  and abilities

and building upon their achievements   to create the society we want,

not what England decides to dole out to us.

Let’s hope Scotland does the same

Savage, John (1869). Fenian Heroes and Martyrs. Patrick Donahoe. p. 16.

Saturday Night Film – A Re-United Ireland

Here’s our latest  Saturday Night Film

A short series of videos looking at  the current state of the Re-Unification Debate/Discussion

Talk about a Re-United Ireland gathers apace .

Northern Irish civic nationalism made its voice heard a couple of weeks ago at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast

Here’s the UK/Unionist point of view

Remember: We are all still waiting to hear what  “being better off in the UK” really means

What actually are the benefits of remaining in the UK Union ?

Reducing what used to be the most industrialised part of Ireland to poverty and deprivation,

while alienating practically 50% of its population and fighting  for 30 years of the Troubles

don’t seem to be among them!

“Now is not the time” say the Irish Government spokesperson and

former SDLP leader Seamus Mallon,

who is afraid of the potential of a violent “Unionist backlash”

But if not now, when Brexit threatens our way of life, jobs and prosperity, then when?

Must Ireland always be collateral damage to England’s decisions?

Must we always succumb to the threat of the “violent Loyalist backlash”?

Should that be a reason for never making any progress towards a United State?

Because, let’s admit it, nothing any Irish person, politician, association or club ever says or does,

will  convince hard-line Unionists of the benefits of a united country.

So maybe we  need to just ignore the threats and press on regardless

We also need to include the voice of  Republicans who are dissatisfied with the Belfast/GFA and its outworkings.

PS Don’t worry about the film being in Dutch . There are English sub-titles


Query: What can bloggers do?

Suggestion:  Irish nationalist and republican bloggers should unite in  promoting discussions about re-unification, so the topic is, on one blog or the other, this week or the next, never off our pages.

We reach out to diverse audiences, commenters and lurkers, worldwide.

Let us make them aware of how our country stands on the Irish National Question and what we want