Brexit, Culloden, Scotland and Ireland

The Brexit Clock is ticking in an ever downward spiral for the UK as it contends with M.Barnier’s team of highly prepared professional EU negotiators.

The British PM is off on yet another walking holiday (in the EU!!!), after dumping loads of unwelcome legislation on a Parliament that was busy packing up for its holidays.

Westminster will only re-convene for a short time in September before junketing off  for another month or so to indulge in  a series of Party Conferences.

PM Theresa May   allegedly  left a message she was refusing to meet with Ms Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister

Presumably she’s still talking directly to  Carwyn Jones (as Wales voted leave). . ..

And to bought and paid for Arlene Foster

She’ll probably say

Lets never mind Catholics, Nationalists, Republicans and Anyone Else who voted remain in Northern Ireland”

To both Scotland and Ireland her message is:

Risultati immagini per we don't care, you don't count


So if that ultimate insult to Scotland’s First Minister  really happened  . . .it’s time for a little concert .

Time to get back to our roots.

Time to remember our shared history in Scotland and Ireland

We have been here before – apparent defeat in the face of British  aggression

Query: What is Brexit but an act of aggression against Scotland and Northern Ireland  (which voted against it) and against our gallant allies in Europe?  

Comment: Such a passel of knaves in a nation!!!

Here are two Irish songs written at the time of Culloden.

Recommendations: Skip the background info and words if you want.

Just listen to the songs to appreciate their emotional appeal!!

The first, MO GHILLE MEAR was written by the eighteenth-century poet Seán Clárach Mac Dómhnaill,

Mo Ghille Mear is a traditional allegorical song – similar to the Gaelic poetic form of the Aisling – in which the poet speaks as Ireland and laments the departure of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie).

As is customary, the poetic text portrays the land in decline in his absence. The drum used in this recording is the Irish single-headed frame drum, the bodhrán.This version is sung by the choir of University College Dublin (UCD)


Curfá ’Sé mo laoch mo ghille mear ’Sé mo Shaesar, ghille mear,

Ní fhuaras féin aon tsuan ná séan, Ó chuaigh i gcéin mo ghille mear.

Bímse buan ar buairt gach ló, Ag caoi go crua is ag tuar na ndeor Mar scaoileadh uaim an buachaill beo

Is ná ríomhtar tuairisc uaidh, mo bhrón.


Ní haoibhinn cuach ba suairc ar neoin Táid fíorchoin uasal ar uaithne sport

Táid saoite suaite i mbuairt ’s i mbrón Ó scaoileadh uaim an buachaill beo Curfá Is cosúil é le hAonghus Óg, Le Lughaidh Mac Chéin na mbéimeann mór, Le Cú Raoi, ardmhac Dáire an óir, Taoiseach Éireann tréan ar tóir.


Le Conall Cearnach bhearnadh poirt, Le Fearghas fiúntach fionn Mac Róigh Le Conchubhar cáidhmhac Náis na nós, Taoiseach aoibhinn Chraoibhe an cheoil.



Chorus My dashing darling is my hero My dashing darling is my Caesar I have had neither sleep nor good fortune Since my dashing darling went far away

I am perpetually worried every day Wailing heavily and shedding tears Since my lively boy was released from me

And there is no word of him, alas


The pleasure of the cheerful cuckoo at noon is gone

The affable nobility are not bothered with sport

The learned and the cultured are worried and sad Since the lively lad was taken from me


He is like Young Aonghus Like Lughaidh Mac Chéin of the great blows Like Cú Raoi, great son of Dáire of the gold Leader of Éire strong in pursuit Chorus

Like Conall Cearnach who breached defences

Like worthy fair haired Feargas Mac Róigh

Like Conchubhar venerable son of Nás of the tradition

The pleasant chieftain of the musical [Fenian] Branch Chorus


Our next song is better  known.

Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile  is also  associated with the  cause of Scottish Independence  as it dates  to the 1745-46 Jacobite Rising. It calls the warriors back home in retreat to fight another day.

It became very popular in early 20th century Ireland as Padraig Pearse, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, changed the words to suit the circumstances.

It was a recurring motif in Ken Loach’s 2006  film “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”  which was set during the Irish War of Independence and Civil war (1919–1923).

IRISH  -‘Sé do bheatha, a bhean ba léanmhar,
Do b’ é ár gcreach thú bheith i ngéibheann,
Do dhúiche bhreá i seilbh méirleach,
Is tú díolta leis na Gallaibh.

Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile,
Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile,
Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile
Anois ar theacht an tsamhraidh.

Tá Gráinne Mhaol ag teacht thar sáile,
Óglaigh armtha léi mar gharda,
Gaeil iad féin is ní Frainc ná Spáinnigh,
Is cuirfidh siad ruaig ar Ghallaibh.

Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile, (x3)
Anois ar theacht an tsamhraidh.

A bhuí le Rí na bhFeart go bhfeiceam,
Mura mbeam beo ina dhiaidh ach seachtain,
Gráinne Mhaol agus míle gaiscíoch,
Ag fógairt fáin ar Ghallaibh.

Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile, (x3)
Anois ar theacht an tsamhraidh.

ENGLISH: – Welcome oh woman who was so afflicted,

It was our ruin that you were in bondage,
Our fine land in the possession of thieves…
And you sold to the foreigners!

Oh-ro You’re welcome home,
Oh-ro You’re welcome home,
Oh-ro You’re welcome home…
Now that summer’s coming!

Gráinne O’Malley is coming over the sea,
Armed warriors along with her as her guard,
They are Gaels, not French nor Spanish…
And they will rout the foreigners!

Oh-ro You’re welcome home (x3)
Now that summer’s coming!

May it please the King of Miracles that we might see,
Although we may live for a week once after,
Gráinne Mhaol and a thousand warriors…
Dispersing the foreigners!

Oh-ro You’re welcome home (x3)
Now that summer’s coming!



Remember: This is who we are and who we come from!



arlene, arlene

Risultati immagini per government in difficulties

News of the latest round of Brexit negotiations tomorrow may not be great as  M. Barnier threatens to stall talks until the UK comes up with some feasible proposals.

EU figures in Brussels are “baffled” by how unprepared the British side is.


Tory Cabinet in-fighting continues with Ms May stating “No Minister is unsackable” –

Query: including the Prime Minister?


Risultati immagini per the straw that broke the camel's back

could well be

Risultati immagini per sturgeon and carwyn jones

 Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon teaming up with Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones to SCUPPER Theresa May’s DUP deal which Ms May described  as just something that “happens in politics”.  .


Here’s what some people in Scotland think of our Arlene and the Tory-DUP pact!






the great appear great because we are on our knees!

I’m reblogging here an article by Joe Mc Veigh on Jude Collins website

“I wonder if they are capable of changing. I wonder if they are serious about building a future together with their neighbours as outlined in various legally binding Agreements”.

Like myself, Joe has his doubts –

Risultati immagini per doubts

Unionist/Loyalist intransigence is very real

The second part of Joe’s article deals with convincing Unionists/Loyalists that they have everything to gain in a Re-United Ireland.
They may well have – but

They don’t want it under any circumstances

Convincing will have no effect.

Sinn Fein and the SDLP are also great at giving advice to Unionists/Loyalists

“the DUP should condemn 11th night bonfires, the UDA and the UVF

And so on and so forth

Advise and Suggest as much as you want –

Risultati immagini per feel free to suggest

Suggestions, recommendations, pleas for rationality, friendly outreach,  have made , and will make, no or a minimal  impact on DUP/Unionist/Loyalist/Orange Order behaviour.

They will in fact just drive them into contrary behaviour patterns and further intransigence.


Time to stop, call a halt 

Risultati immagini per call a halt

We have already explained how the Unionists/Loyalists are a tiny minority within the UK 
They may appear to be a large majority in Northern Ireland but they are not.  

They’re an irrelevance to the bigger picture in three countries but their sectarian bigotry holds us all hostage – never more so than today as they support the May government at Westminster

As James Connolly said

Begging, pleading with Unionists/Loyalists/Orange Order to consider, accept, mitigate their attitude towards the Irish Nationalist/Republican  point of view has got us


When Unionists/Loyalists  treat Catholics/Nationalists/Republicans badly,

and do it again and again and again,

and Catholics/Nationalists/Republicans keep waiting and hoping that they will change and treat us well,

or at least not harm us , then we are being abused.


Time for Irish men and women to ignore the Unionists/Loyalists/Orange Order

Time to press on regardless for what we want

If Unionists/Loyalists can fit in – fine

If they can’t – they’ll have to learn to

Risultati immagini per like it or lump it



The 11th Night, Belfast, 2017

I hadn’t planned to write anything more about the 11th July night in Northern Ireland.
I’ve written so many posts about it. You can search through the archives and read them all, if you wish.
It’s the same old, same old sectarian hate-fest that’s been going on for years and years and years – an exodus of ordinary decent people from the North of Ireland (unless they live in some upper-class secluded area where they neither see nor hear no evil) , lawless bonfire collectors and builders, danger and damage to houses, a set-piece of  hate crime

The police, whether

the now defunct RUC or the

PSNI, stand back, watch and mouth platitudes about “not being able to do anything”

Comment: This is your day job, mates.

You get your salary for combatting hate crime.

When are you going to start earning your keep?


Unionists/Loyalists say “it’s our culture. It’s just a fun-day/evening/night out for the childer” as they burn the flags of the Republic of Ireland, Poland, and anywhere else that’s the object of their irrational hatred this year.

They burn pictures and effigies of Sinn Fein and SDLP politicians, Republican hunger-strikers, emblems of the Catholic religion.

They  would probably burn a Catholic too if they could get their hands on one!

A loyalist bonfire at Bloomfield Walkway in Belfast
They endanger their own houses and hospitals.

An Orange bandsman plays his flute during the 11th night bonfire at the Belfast New Mossley housing estate in 2015

An Orange bandsman plays his flute during the 11th night bonfire at the Belfast New Mossley housing estate in 2015 CREDIT: CHARLES MCQUILLAN

Yet the Orange Order washes its hands of the “Bonfire Culture”
Nothing to do with us” it says “We don’t organise any bonfires

Query: Who do you think you’re fooling?

This year the DUP’s narrow vision will be on parade with the whole UK watching.

Remember: One-third of  DUP  members  belong to the Orange Order.

Over half of DUP elected officials are members of the Orange order,

A  majority of the 10 MPs  currently propping up the Conservatives are members of the Orange Order.

Tonight Orangeism/Loyalism has truly plunged to the depths of its anti-Catholic, anti-Irish prejudice.

No doubt it was emboldened by the DUP hold over Mrs May and the Tory administration in Westminster.
A bonfire on Clonduff Road, East Belfast has strung up a black coffin with a picture of the late Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Mr Martin Mc Guinness

An effigy of former Sinn Fein Martin McGuinness bonfire on Clonduff Road in east Belfast, ahead of the key date in the protestant loyal order marching season – the Twelfth of July. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 11, 2017. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

You may remember Mr Mc Guinness died of a serious illness earlier this year.

Mr Clinton, former President of the USA spoke at his funeral which was attended by statesmen from all over the world.

And hundreds and hundreds of ordinary decent Irish people.

These are the hundreds, if not thousands, of people the Unionists/Loyalists have now offended profoundly.

Mr Mc Guinness spent the last 20 years of his life trying to reach out to DUP leaders as representatives of NI Unionists and bigots, the Orange Order and Loyalist paramilitary organizations..

Risultati immagini per martin mc guinness

Risultati immagini per martin mc guinness and peter robinson

Risultati immagini per martin mc guinness
He got nowhere – as he himself admitted in the end.
Unionist and Loyalist MLAs wouldn’t even say “Good morning” if they met him in the lift or along one of Stormont’s interminable corridors.
Rumours (which may or may not be true) are that the man behind this bullying policy of “sending Sinn Feiners to Coventry” was allegedly no other than our very own North Belfast MP, Privy Councillor, Arch Orangeman, Doddsy himself!

Nigel Dodds, MP, deputy leader of the DUP, PM Theresa May’s right-hand man!

Comments:  1) There is something very very sick in these people.

This behaviour is beyond abnormal .

It’s pathological! It’s the product of a diseased mind.

A diseased mind that was fostered by the UK and  is now part of  the UK government  

2)  Some non-Unionists in Northern Ireland  said:

this was to be expected

it’s not even surprising

I was surprised there weren’t more, to be honest”

Queries: How do you feel now, PM Theresa May?

You  bribed a bigotted sectarian party any decent person would be ashamed of – just to keep you in power?

Is this what England wants?

Is this what Wales and Scotland want?
Because you need to know – this is what NI has had for over 100 years
Her Majesty’s Roman Catholic subjects in Northern Ireland have faced unrelenting violence, bigotry and sectarianism for over a century, supported by all Westminster governments.

Orange and British culture in NI now amounts to gigantic hate bonfires and their stolen pallets, confrontational “religious” marches, the RHI,  “dark money” and other financial scandals, Loyalist paramilitaries, an anti- women and  anti-LGBT rights agenda, ingrained   prejudice against Irish people and anti-Catholic sectarianism.

And then

Irish Catholics and non-Unionists feel alienated from the UK?

And you wonder why some would do anything to escape your grasp?

Even hunger-strike to their deaths?

Immagine correlata


Pics and Refs

An effigy of former Sinn Fein Martin McGuinness bonfire on Clonduff Road in east Belfast, ahead of the key date in the protestant loyal order marching season – the Twelfth of July. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 11, 2017. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: PA Wire