Tag: Nationalism

Atlanticism and Ireland’s Post-Brexit Dilemma

Brexit and the English Connection: In cynical geopolitical terms, Ireland exists as the Western European equivalent of Belarus. An English speaking cultural appendage of Anglo-America surviving off FDI and with a monetary policy set in Brussels. For all the fanfare...

/ 10/03/2019

The Necessity of the Irish Nation-State

I find truth in the observation that from the 1960’s onwards the scholars and thinkers of Ireland, and those unfortunate enough to unwittingly consume their opinions, elevated the external and the imported over the domestic and native. Persuaded by the...

/ 13/02/2019

The Genius of Eoghan Ruadh Ó Néill

Eoghan Ruadh Ó Néill was born some time in the 1580s. He left for Spain in his youth, and took up service in the Spanish military. The Ulster that Ó Néill grew up in was a destitute place in the...

/ 11/02/2019

Why The Good Friday Agreement Will Fail

“Secular liberals and socialists expected tribal passions would gradually disappear, while improved means of communication and a better scientific understanding of the universe would take its place. But it turned out not to be so.” - Leszek Kolakowski Ireland’s Fukuyama...

/ 07/02/2019

Irish Conservatives and Nationalists Need a Mythos

There is much that can be said about Peter Hitchen's 2010 book, The Rage Against God, that is relevant to modern Ireland. Though the author delivers a critique of secularism from the platform of his Anglican faith, the trends that...

/ 04/02/2019

The Resurrection of Hungary: A Modern Parallel for Ireland

“The new state that we are building is an illiberal state, It does not deny foundational values of liberalism, such as freedom, etc. But it does not make this ideology a central element of state organization, but applies a specific,...

/ 27/01/2019

Edmund Burke and the Irish Canon

“Berkeley proved that the world was a vision, and Burke that the State was a tree, no mechanism to be pulled in pieces and put up again, but an oak tree that had grown through centuries” -W.B. Yeats Burke and the 20th Century: The Irish 20th century left many casualties in its wake. As the century drew to...

/ 12/01/2019

The Shadow of the Gunman and the Demise of Fianna Fáil

Whether it was Varadkar’s exchanges with Doherty in the Dáil or reading McCullough’s biography on De Valera, I decided to revisit my decision to leave Fianna Fáil some months ago. Having been a member of the party for several years,...

/ 06/01/2019

Why The Youth Turns Left

“A conservative at twenty has no heart, a socialist at thirty has no brain” – I am sure we have all heard variants of such a phrase before, but the question that has always interested me is why such a...

/ 04/01/2019

The Making of the ‘New Ireland’

“Ireland had clung to her youth, indeed to her childhood, longer and more tenaciously than any other country in Europe, resisting Change, Alteration, and Reconstruction to the very last.”  ― Seán Ó Faoláin Ireland: Between the Idea and the Reality Oftentimes...

/ 18/12/2018