I can hear the nations tonight!

We heard the Irish nation speak out loud and clear last night when Sinn Fein won the West Tyrone seat

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Congratulations, Órfhlaith Begley, West Tyrone’s first female MP

Irish voters  held the SF line along both sides of the border.

Today news has been released that the UK govt might be ready to throw the DUP under a bus!

‘A backup plan to impose border checks on trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK at ports and airports to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland after Brexit has been drafted by senior civil servants.’

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In other words there will be a controlled border between the UK and the EU at all British seaports and airports.

Northern Ireland will be politically part of the UK but in regulatory alignment with the EU27.

Comments:1) The backstop  is being “operationalised”

                       NI – UK-INO.

                       NI – UK in Name Only.

2) It fits in with what the majority of NI citizens voted for – Remain!
And what 50% odd of the population want if they can’t win any putative border poll

M.Barnier showed he had got the measure of the DUP

“He is understood to have told MEPs on his return to Brussels that the DUP – whose 10 MPs give May a parliamentary majority – had “used, or perhaps abused, their position in the House of Commons” to block a way forward”.

Comments:1) the UK Govt is struggling to cope with reality

The EU says it wants to see progress on the Irish border issue by the time leaders meet in June. The U.K. doesn’t recognize June as a “deadline” and says that problem can be solved only through discussions on the wider future relationship.

2) If Northern Ireland unionists want it to remain part of the UK in Name Only , they need to show a lot more flexibility on post-Brexit arrangements than the DUP are showing now.

Meanwhile over in Scotland – the stand-off over powers returning from the EU  to the Scottish Government continues, with the SNP’s position backed by all parties except the Tories

The ALL UNDER ONE BANNER march takes place in Glasgow tomorrow morning

Highland Scots, Lowland Scots, English Scots, Welsh Scots, Irish Scots, Catalan Scots, EU Scots all our World Scots!

Don’t be stiff! March the 5th. Bring everybody you know – even your Granny!

Let history record that we, in this place, in this time reaffirmed our intention to see an independent Scotland!

L'immagine può contenere: 1 persona, meme e testo

PS Warning for both nations:

EU officials have warned the UK that Brexit talks could be suspended if no acceptable customs solution is found by a meeting of European leaders in June that avoids the creation of a hard border in Northern Ireland, The Times reports.

At a meeting last week, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney warned that Ireland would be ready to force a suspension of the talks if no progress is made, it has emerged

Linking in with that the Independent’s report of the Public Accounts Committee hearing includes the sentence:
The committee demanded an update from Defra by next month, “in case negotiations break down”.

And confirmation comes from the Irish

“Without movement in the British position the [Irish] Government has been clear that it will block progress on further negotiations on an overall EU-UK trade deal and an agreement on a transition period.

Officials are adamant that the EU strongly backs this position, raising the prospect of a collapse in the Brexit talks at or before the June summit.

Anyway here’s a song for both nations tonight








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!