Category: Culture & Arts

The Banshees Of Inisherin – An Exercise In Cultural Self Deprecation

The following piece first appeared on the website Excuse the Blood and is syndicated with the permission of the author. At the time of writing, The Banshees Of Inisherin has earned nine Oscar nominations and ten BAFTA nominations. It has...

/ 28/01/2023

‘A Community of Communities’: Orania and the Future of South Africa

Encompassing an area of 1,221,037 km², South Africa is a large land-mass encompassing a variety of different linguistic, ethnic, and cultural groups. Situated geographically in the most sparsely populated region of the country, along the Orange River, lies the Afrikaner...

/ 20/01/2023

‘Calvary’ As A Critique Of Irish Society

Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) is a likable, down to earth ‘good priest’. The film opens with a scene at a confession booth, where an anonymous parishioner details disturbingly the sexual abuse inflicted on him by a priest as a child. The...

/ 18/01/2023
From RTÉ Press Centre

‘More Blacks, More Dogs, More Irish’ – RTÉ’s Progressive Musical Atrocity

Last week on the Tommy Tiernan show, a song “More Blacks More Dogs, More Irish” was played by an act “Steo Wall & Toshín”. The song’s theme is the usual talking point that readers will be familiar with. Irish people...

/ 16/01/2023

Up the Ra, Anglophobia and the Star Spangled Fenian

The following article first featured in the Gaelic American and is syndicated with permission of the author. After the Irish women’s soccer team was taped singing “Celtic Symphony” a couple of months ago, and more recently the Leinster Rugby stadium...

/ 08/01/2023

Has War with Russia Failed to Energise Europe?

When the poet Lamartine noted in 1839 that ‘La France s’ennuie’ (France is bored), he had hit on something quintessential to the zeitgeist of modern Europe. Whilst the previous revolution of 1789 had been precipitated by the political hunger of...

/ 05/01/2023

Review: The New Puritans: How the Religion of Social Justice Captured the Western World

Andrew Doyle’s The New Puritans: How The Religion of Social Justice Captured The Western World begins and ends with America’s Salem Witch Trials. In between, he has twelve chapters, each of whose titles has a religious connotation and all of...

/ 07/12/2022

Rose Dugdale: The Life of an Irish 68er

Seán O'Driscoll's riveting account of British aristocrat Rose Dugdale's topsy turvy life resembles a Monty Python thriller. Here is a niece of Oswald Mosley, a member of Britain's ruling elite, who had once prostrated herself in front of their Queen,...

/ 01/12/2022
Searchlight Pictures

The Banshees of Inisherin Review/Rant

After recently watching An Cailín Ciúin, Arracht and Black ’47, I had high hopes for the Banshees of Inisherin (although mistakenly I did not watch the trailer) but after the first “feckin’”, or I should say multiple “feckins”, within the...

/ 17/11/2022

The Unholy Roman Empire: Atlanticism and the Second Russian Revolution

A new ‘Holy Roman Empire’ has formed across the world. It is a new ‘nomos’ of territorial and resource acquisition. ‘Nomos’ was the phrase Carl Schmitt borrowed from the Greeks to outline the scope of the new Europe. In this...

/ 24/10/2022