I’ve not been terribly active recently, I’ve been travelling and working in Brazil over the last few months, which will probably be explained in a few posts over the the coming weeks. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been travelling around England and have just returned to Ireland for a few months. So hopefully I can now start posting again!



I have decided to show a few pics of my home to you.

My Home


The Rose Bush


The fields


My Faithful Dogs


Castle Ross


Muckross House


The Lough


The Abbey of Muckross


Inside the Abbey


The ceiling of the Abbey


The Cloisters


A ruin of a house near my place, I always wanted to do this up!


A stone circle, or what we call a 'Fairy Fort'


The stone circle


the road in front of my home


The back garden

Breaking the Bondage of Interest













Usury is the “Hidden Hand” in history. It is behind wars and revolutions, booms and busts, and the travesty termed “poverty amidst plenty.” It causes civil wars and class wars. Many problems of the world could be resolved with clarity once the dust the money-lenders throw in one’s eyes is removed. The financial system is the means by which power politics functions at all levels.

As one historical example of the “hidden hand” at work: How many Anglophobic Irishmen understand the real reasons for the “potato famine”? Henry Kelliher wrote that anecdotes were told to him of the harrowing starvation of the Irish. It was subsequently that he found the Irish famine was the result not of over-population, as claimed at that time among some quarters – nor even due to food shortages, since it was only the potato crop that failed. In 1845 (while the famine was to claim the lives of 1,029,000) 779,000 quarters of wheat and flour, 93,000 quarters of barley, and 2,353,000 quarters of oats – enough to feed for a year every person who died of starvation, nearly four times over – were exported from Ireland.[24] Kelliher commented:

When the true story of Ireland is written it will be found that all that stood between starvation and the available plenty, was the crushing interest burden that had to be paid to outside money-lenders, that the country was not suffering from famine, but from what we choose today to call “depression.” A famine is the absence of food caused by a lack of food; a depression is the absence of food caused by a lack of food, caused by a deficiency in the medium of exchange – money.[25]

How many are aware that a major cause of the French Revolution, the epochal event that was one of the first victories of Money Power over Tradition, was caused not by the masses yearning to overthrow the tyranny of Monarchy, but by the economic dislocations caused by debt, when 50% of state expenditure went to pay interest to money-lenders? And so we might continue, up to the present: how much of the aggravation between Islam and the West is caused (apart from the betrayal of the Arabs dating back to the Balfour Declaration and the Sykes-Picot Agreement) by the aim of international finance to control the Islamic world, where usury is regarded as “sin,” as it once was by Western Christendom? Remove the “Hidden Hand” of usury and once the perspective becomes clear, issues might be resolved with justice between many that are presently at each others’ throats while the real culprits remain invisible.


I was aware that debt was instrumental in the downfall of the French Monarchy, I haven’t before thought about the influence of money power, interest, and usury in relation to the Irish Famine. If so, people like Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness should be hating international finance, not the English. It seems to me that our main enemy is the banks. Almost every evil thing can be traced back to the shadowy group of obscenely wealthy men, who sit in vast palatial piles, served by swarms of servants, indulging in every perversity one can imagine, and they manage to do this by accruing money from everyone else in the world. Whether it is states that borrow and then dump the interest payments on the taxpayers, businesses who are encouraged to take massive loans to expand, or just average people who are encouraged to take out mortgages, credit cards and loans. All of these things increase the wealth of the money lenders, and increasingly leads us into deeper poverty.

It is now common knowledge that the Russian Revolution was due in large part, to external funding of various revolutionary parties. Large Wall Street and City of London bankers loaned money to the newly established Soviet state, and the banks continued to fund the Soviets throughout the Cold War, right up to the end. It amazes me how people didn’t see this, how the McCarthys who were trying to root out communism in America couldn’t see their own government lending vast amounts of money to the Soviets.

We know that Germany and Japan rejected the powerful bankers in the thirties and were destroyed. Perhaps their economic policies were only a small part of the reason for war, but I can’t imagine it played no part at all. It was these same banks who profited from the blood bath of the Great War, they made money from every war since, huge amounts of money, they have indebted almost every nation in the world, they have indebted many individuals as well. And when they make their obscene profits, they hoard the money, when they lose, as they did four years ago, they make us pay again! So we use money, much of it borrowed from the banks at interest, and we bail out those very same banks with the very same money, we lend it at no interest, and then have to figure out how to pay back the trillions we borrowed to bail the banks out, to the very same bailed out banks.

They issue their own bailout money and we have to pay interest on it! How crazy is that? How absurd!

The banks need to go.

I like the idea of Social Credit, it seems a way in which we could use money, without drowning in debt and usury, perhaps when the inevitable happens, when the economy completely implodes, perhaps something like Social Credit can be used to restore the ruins of our economy .

The ‘New Irish’

I saw this comment at Irish Savant, its quite funny!

Booklet for the New Irish to be given out at citizenship ceremonies.

Welcome to Irelands 1068 citizenship ceremony, please take the time to read this booklet it will enlighten you as to the glorious contributions the New Irish have made to Ireland, this by the way is not the booklet that informs you of all the generous benefits you are entitled to, including free housing, health care, schooling and the right to bring your extended family over in short the sum total of all your needs.

Due to ongoing health and safety reasons our Minister of Justice and Defence has had to remain in Israel, however the Minister will be watching on a specially erected large screen that will be shown live in the main square of Tel Aviv, on this the Jewish festival of Yis Rammaul -the day of comtempt.
As New Irish we want you to feel right at home so there s no better way than being aware of the contribution your ethnic group made to modern Ireland.

Try these amazing facts:

In 1916 Roma Gypsies gave away copies of “the big issue” free to the Irish Volunteers inside the GPO. This meant the rebels had a lot of reading material and puzzles to do during lulls in the fighting.

A lot of Blacks fought in the GPO including Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Puff Daddy.

Just before he wrote the National Anthem, Tupac Shakur appeared to Padraig “La Cadillac” Pearse in a dream and rapped the whole Anthem the result was “Gibbs me dem 32 county hoes”, while the British were willing to give freedom to all the Irish slaves they threatened to cut our EBT cards if the Anthem went ahead. Amhran na bhFiann was accepted reluctantly.

The war of independence aka The Cracker War, was very similar to the war between East and West coast rappers.

Michael Collins was a convert to Islam whose real name was Mohammad Al-Magrebi , following his time in Londonistan, the British had him assassinated (martyred) because he was attempting to introduce 32 county Sharia law.

Michael Collins was killed in Beal na Blath in Cork this translates as the “handkerchief of the Prophet” in Arabic. He was also killed on the sixth day of Ras el Rasa –“the time of the Prophets sitting down”, luck, coincidence or something else..You decide!

The Troubles in Northern Ireland were started by a racist tweet, when Gerry Adams said Biggie Smalls was too fat to play Bobby Sands in a rap video.

If you are angry that the contribution your particular ethnic group made to modern Ireland is not mentioned we are deeply, deeply, truly, abjectly, profoundly sorry to have hurt your feelings, please inform us of what you think happened and when and we will give you the name of a solicitor with whom you can take a case against the State (at no cost to you of course).

After the ceremony why not take the time to visit the new museum of “The new New Irish Museum” established by Minister of Defence AND Justice Mr Alan Shatter at tax payers’ expense, its located on O Connell Street right beside the Holocaust Museum.

And finally as “we welcome you home” in the words of our Taoiseach Enda Kenny , remember “We do not give away citizenship lightly”

Raving lunatic, involves herself in something she clearly doesn’t understand!

I have been reading quite a bit about the shooting of a Trayvon Martin in Florida, initially marketed as a racist shooting of an innocent black kid. Well, not being American, and not being au fait with the way things happen over there I was happy to just read and take in people’s opinions, that was until that frothing at the mouth, raving lunatic Sinead O’Connor got involved.

The raving lunatic once had a good voice, perhaps she still does, she sang a few ditties in the  nineties and then went stark raving bonkers, she had some issues about the Catholic Church, so much so, she got herself ordained as a priest by some other stark raving lunatic. She went through a Lesbian phase and married a few blokes, said some things I’m sure she thought sounded deep and interesting and, well no one really takes any notice of her anymore due to her obvious demonic possession!

So, some black kid gets creamed in America! Happens all the time, however this time the slime ball MSM decide that it’s a racist killing, how they did this, I have no idea, and as I’ve pointed out I’m not really in a position to express an opinion. The stark raving lunatic aforementioned, has decided to stick her oar in, and embarrassingly seeming to take it upon herself to speak for every Irishman! That crazy bitch does not speak for me, nor ‘everyone’ in Ireland!

‘I would like to extend my very deepest sympathies to the family and other loved ones of murdered teenager, Trayvon Martin. I am very sad today (and am certain the whole of Ireland is) to learn of poor Trayvon’s terrifying ordeal and horrified by the fact his known and named and admitted killer has not been arrested, despite the crime having taken place a month ago. This is a disgrace to the entire human race.’

Nope, Im not sad, this sort of crap happens all the time! and if you had read even the most basic accounts of the story, would see it was not some cold-blooded killing!

‘For those out there who believe black people to be less than pure royalty, let me inform you of a little known, but scientifically proven, many times over, FACT. Which after reading, you will hopefully feel both very stupid and very sorry. For you dishonor your own mothers and grandmothers.

EVERY human being on earth, no matter what their culture, creed, skin colour, or nationality, shares one gene traceable back to one African woman. Scientists have named it ‘The Eve Gene’. This means ALL of us, even ridiculously stupid, ignorant, perverted, blaspheming racists are the descendants of one African woman.’

Nope, wrong again Sinead, they definitely are not ‘pure royalty’, I won’t allow myself to get carried away, so I will stick to facts, they are the crime problem in America, England and now increasingly, Ireland. Also, your pathetically simple-minded adoption of the ‘Out of Africa THEORY‘, would be funny if so many people did not actually take it as seriously as you do.

‘One African woman is the mother of all of us. Africa was the first world. You come from there! Your skin may be ‘white’.. because you didn’t need it to be black any more where you lived. But as Curtis Mayfield said.. “You’re just the surface of our dark, deep well”. So you’re being morons. And God is having the last laugh at your ignorant expense.’

Again, Sinead, you are wrong, there was no ‘one African woman’, if you bothered to keep up with the theories postulated by anthropologists, you would see there is an ‘Out of Europe theory’ an ‘Out of Asia theory’, there is even another theory which suggests there were multiple areas were we came from, got that Sinead? You really think we have anything much to do with Africans? Really? If so, I would invite you to go and live in The Congo, or maybe Haiti, I hear they are wonderful places to bring up children!

‘If you hate black people, its yourself you hate. And the mother who bore you. If you kill or wish ill on black people, its yourself you kill and wish ill on. As well as the mother who bore you.’

Again, more childish nonsense, I don’t ‘hate’ anyone, well not many people, I don’t ‘hate’ races, I dislike being around them if they act like animals!

‘When you dishonor the the utter glory and majesty of black people, you lie. Your heart lies to you and you let it. Despite seeing every day, all your life, how you and your country would be less than wonderfully functioning and inspiring to the world, without the manifold and glorious contributions made by the descendants of African slaves, who did not by the way actually ask to go to America and leave their future families there to be disrespected for eternity.’

She is really getting crazy here, sounds like she is fantasising about rogering a black guy!

‘What are you doing hating yourself by hating your brothers and sisters who daily show you nothing but inspiration and love, despite having NOTHING, in their own country? Despite having barely a chance of anything, because of racism. Despite being granted no ‘permission’ for proper self-esteem.’

Blacks showing whites love? Is she aware of the Knoxville horrors? has she heard of the white boy set on fire by negroes? If you think being gang raped, tortured, blinded, dismembered whilst alive and left to bleed to death is love, then yes, blacks love whites, if you think, stealing someones goods is love, then yes, blacks love whites, if you mean, loving free sheeeet, then yes, blacks love whites!

‘These beautiful people continue to believe in and even manifest Jesus Christ better than you do. That alone could stand as the greatest reason your racism is blasphemy, were it not for all the other reasons.’

Sinead, firstly, blacks are NOT beautiful! In fact they are really really ugly, have you seen black women? Again, whatever floats your boat, but really? You think mounds of fat is beautiful? You think big lips and brillo pad hair is beautiful? You think massive boobs draped on a massive belly are attractive? You are weird!

‘These people you hate and fear ARE the body of Christ, just as we all are. Every child, woman or man. And they know it. Maybe thats why you cant bear to look at them. Because you see Jesus Christ and you cant stand the light.’

Again, Sinead, you are wrong, the CHURCH is the body of Christ, not some feral niggers! If a black man becomes and remains a Christian, which entails rejecting everything that comes natural to him, then yes he can be a part of it, but that is rare!

‘Stop this ridiculous and uneducated attitude. You would be dead without black people. Think of all the greatest music ever composed. The greatest songs. The greatest inspirational heroes.. Muhammad Ali, Mandela, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Soujourner Truth, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield. So many absolute angels, sent from God.’

Nope, wrong again, there would be a lot more people alive today if we didn’t have them. Greatest music ever? Mozart, Handel, Puccini, Vivaldi, Wagner, nope, no niggers there! Muhammad Ali or Cassius Clay as he should be known as, was just some worthless nigger who happened to be a boxer, Mandela is a terrorist who was a puppet used to destroy South Africa and the great Afrikaner people. The others that I recognise are singers, Bob Marley another worthless nigger from Jamaica, he lived in England, did very well for himself and hated whites, I know this as I used to listen to his music when I was a teen! I though It was cool listening to a nigger!

‘Without the inspiration of these people many millions of so-called ‘white’ people, including myself would not have had the strength to pay the price of life.’

It’s funny how blacks are black but whites are ‘so called ‘white”. And whats that nonsense about not having ‘the strength to pay the price of life’? What is she smoking?

‘And black youth in America. I’m talking to you here too. I love you. So I don’t mean to sound cross, I’m just being a mother.. Why are you killing each other? Why are you hating yourselves? You are the most important people God ever sent to this earth, every man, woman and child among you! Don’t let uneducated people win and take your self-esteem or your esteem for each other, and make you kill each other. over guns, drugs, bling, or any other nonsense.’

The most important people God sent to this Earth? Who invented most things? Who sends aid to whom? Who causes the crime in the West? Which is better, Haiti or Switzerland?

‘You are now entering YOUR version of a sort of civil rights movement and you’re gonna see history being made in what has certainly the profoundest potential to become THE most wonderful country on earth. Because soon ALL ‘isms’ and ‘sits” will end. including racism, as the people of the earth begin to understand, we are all one.’

Well, this is one thing that you might be partially right on, the negroes probably will go ape over the next few months, but I think it is whites, who will start to understand that it is they who are under attack, pretty soon the whites could ditch the ‘isms’ and unite against the traitors and niggers . And no Sinead, we won’t understand we are all one, the opposite will be nearer the truth!

‘We came from one mother. We are all brothers and sisters. And we CAN get beyond this ILLUSION of separateness. With prayer and love. It CAN change. It WILL change. And YOU guys (young people of all kinds) are the ones who are gonna GENTLY change it. And you know where it starts? With MUSIC.’

Nope, wrong again Sinead, although I must say you are serving the NWO people very well, well actually you’re not, because you are so far out there! But you are right that we can solve this through love and prayer, love of our people, and love can manifest itself in protecting our people come what may, we will pray to God for deliverance from the niggers and the elites, whilst fighting them!

‘Don’t be guided by rap. Gangsta or otherwise. Sure.. enjoy it.. adore it.as I do.. but realize this.. rap ain’t about your civil or spiritual rights, baby boys and girls. It.. along with most music nowadays.. is about falsenesses and vanities. Bling, drugs, sex, guns and people- dissing. Its giving you the message you ain’t ‘good enough’ if you don’t have bling and ting.. and money. Or if you’re not what it deems ‘sexy’.’

Well, this is actually your first piece of common sense! I agree with most of this except that I HATE all this ‘music’.

‘Poor Curtis Mayfield must be crying all day and night ALL day and night in heaven, every day and night.. To see what has been so successfully achieved by those who sent guns, drugs, and bling to squash the civil rights movement. Now you all don’t have to be murdered by racists any more.. you’re murdering each other FOR them! And your parents and grandparents are left crying.’
Whatever! Never heard of him!

‘Go back to strong black musical guides who left you information in the 60s and 70s. when they were living through the civil rights struggle. Curtis Mayfield. The Impressions. Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson. Sing back the Holy Spirit ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, as those artists did.’

Well I suppose I can’t condemn you for trying to get them to go back to singing half decent music, at least those singers aren’t offensive.

‘Forget bling. Forget “Get Rich Or Die Trying”. That is an evil message. Evil my dears is only life backwards. Turn it the right way up. With music. The messages American black youth are being given through music are not about the spiritual and therefore strong and conquering but PEACEFUL making of YOUR country into the wonderful place it secretly is and can be.. BECAUSE OF YOU, and BY YOU!!’

Again, you are giving relatively good advice, although don’t be surprised when they ignore you!

‘You know not how you are adored, appreciated, valued, loved, cried for,smiled for, prayed for, all over the world. You know not how much inspiration and uplift-ment of heart you give to millions just by your presence on earth.’

Nope, I don’t know anyone who cries for them, and unless you are inspired by mass looting, gang rape, senseless murder and wanton violence, I don’t know who could be!

‘These musical guides will give you self-esteem. When you have self-esteem you can achieve anything. You can stand in the street as many did yesterday and change your country peacefully and with song. Chant down Babylon as the Rastas say. Rastafari will also give you self esteem. Investigate it.’

Right! Those Rastafarians are so wise aren’t they? Yeah, what is it, the former Emperor of Ethiopia is some sort of prophet or God? How did that work out for him?

‘You will notice, my beautiful sons and daughters, when you study, as you must, footage of all civil rights gatherings, how singing and music and sound and voice and the Holy Spirit were all employed and were so much part of the energy which moved things along.. just as running was in the South African gatherings I saw on tv in my own childhood, which inspired me to survive my own horrors.’

Oh yes, the communist inspired and instigated uprisings against decent white rule, how has that worked out?

‘What you listen to musically and whether or not you employ the Holy Spirit’s highest will for your life is whats gonna make you transcend all you’re having to suffer (the worst of which is low self-esteem.. or esteem based upon material ‘success’ or ‘sexiness’)) as a result of being the descendants of people who didn’t ask to be stolen and leave you where you are. Delete bling. Get conscious with your music. Demand conscious music from your artists. Go back to the artists who left you proper guidance.’

Sinead, you are an ignoramus as well as stark raving mad! All you have to do is a cursory read of even a Wikipedia entry on slavery and you will realise that the Africans sold the slaves to us in the first place! And please read my last post, ‘Slavery still alive and well in Africa’!

‘This is some serious stuff and we (all manner of musical artists) are too silent on matters of enormous spiritual importance. Lemme ask you.. Jayzee and Eminem et al. Why was it always the black people only worked in the post rooms of record companies, which was always in the basement? Why was it that as each floor went up the skins got paler till it was fuckin ghosts at the top? And all us artists.. even me.. said nothing? Those buildings (record companies) always struck me as being a microcosm or painting of America, racially speaking. Christ almighty.. if its like that in the music business how is anything ever going to change?’
Ok, firstly the top men in the music industry are not ‘fuckin ghosts’ as you state, they are Jews! Secondly whats this ghosts thing? Isn’t that just a black slur for white people? Oh and the reason blacks are in the basement doing the post is because they are not capable of anything else, simples!

‘We, musical artists are too silent on important stuff. And it is our job to be the gate-keepers of truth. ALL the people of this earth must come together eventually and see that we are one. ALL artists must stand up. Black, white, yellow, green, pink, fucking polka dot.. and be a light in these times.’

Nope, you are not silent, I wish you were Sinead, you’ve been like a clanging bell since I was small, bleating about this and that, and your mates in the ‘industry’ are just as bad, Bono, Sting, Paul McCartney and his insufferable wives, John Lennon and his insufferable wife, et al…Also You are not the gatekeeper of anything, you are an entertainer, that’s it, you are the modern equivalent of a court jester, so get off your high horse! Also, this sick crap about us all coming together and being one, that is what we fight against, and you and your kind will only achieve this over our dead bodies!

‘The world is going to shift massively this year.. spiritually speaking. Musical artists are to be a massive part of that shift. Get up, lets all of us. And light Jah fire.. and BE lights.’

You could be right, but it will not shift the way you envisage!

‘Where’s the fire gone from music? Where is the love? the oneness? The knowing that music CAN and WILL move things in the right spiritual direction without hatred or violence? We must box clever. Sing the devil to sleep at your feet. Thats what Curtis teaches. He is the master of ALL musical masters. forget, forget, forget and forget again bling and guns and drugs and the worship of fame and money. Its time to wake up. We KNOW the power of music. Why aren’t we using it to change anything important?’

Maybe you don’t use it because you are a demented old witch?

‘Musicians all over the world should now gently demand this child’s killer be arrested immediately and the family of Treyvon Martin be immediately apologized to upon bended knee. Frankly. I myself would like an apology! America is a country I love and adore. what this man has done is un-American in the most horrific extreme.’

Shut up taking about things you don’t understand, this is more than some luvvie nonsense, this is about justice, if you think you are capable of being, judge, jury and executioner in this case, then you are more demented than I ever thought. You know nothing about this case you tired old hag!!!

‘Him not being arrested is extremely embarrassing and does absolutely NOT paint the true picture of of a country and a people who for the 90% majority are the kindest, most loving, intelligent, and wonderful people you could know.’

Oh, at last, after this epic rant, she actually states 90% of Americans are good, why couldn’t you have put that at the beginning you insufferable has been?

‘Please.. ALL Americans should deplore this crime. As should ALL people of ALL nations. And deplore the fact this man has not been arrested. All Irish people should do the same. And I ask that we here in Ireland should express through our American embassy that we would like to see this man arrested this very minute. Because racism is not acceptable. Nor is vigilantism. And this was very clearly in no way at all a case of self-defence.’

Firstly, It is not a crime, none has been committed, despite the heavy-handed intervention by the king nigger Obama, and his vizier nigger Holder. Second it is not up to us to arrest him, and it is none of our business you stupid woman! Thirdly, it is not up to the American government to listen to some has been ditty queen from Ireland and take her views as sacrosanct! Also, how do you know it wasn’t self-defence?

‘I leave you with some lyrics of Curtis Mayfield’s which I feel are appropriate for this situation. I am certain Curtis would have wanted to contribute to discussion on the issue of Treyvon’s murder and the condition of young black people in America today.. so here goes.. the song is called This Is My Country.. from the album of the same name.’

You get the idea. This raving lunatic seems to think she is an expert in American Law, she seems to think she speaks for the Irish people, most of whom wouldn’t have even heard of this case, and she seems to think black Americans will care what she has to say! The gall is amazing, the arrogance of such a discredited, weird, has been, is breath-taking!

As I wrote, I don’t know enough to say anything directly about this case, as it is still ongoing, surely, non Americans should keep their mouths shut while we see what happens? not according to this frothing at the mouth odd ball!

Sinead O’Connor is an extreme example of the luvvies we are cursed with, it is not unusual for these sorts of people to make demented, ignorant remarks, but when some crazy old hag like O’Connor makes them, and includes such glaring falsehoods as she does here, they should be taken to task, if she loves niggers so much, all she has to do is go into central Dublin any time she wants, and it will be chock full of the useless welfare dependents, not doing any work, mugging old Irish grannies, molesting young Irish girls, shoplifting, drug dealing, fighting and being, well, niggers! Go on Sinead, go into Dublin, away from your nice house and take a look!


The Queens Visit

Last week Queen Elizabeth II made a state visit to the Republic or Ireland, a nation that her father was crowned king of in 1936 and one which has been claimed by all her predecessors since Henry VIII, and before that her predecessors were the ‘Lords of Ireland’ from the Norman times to the reformation.

Much has been said of the trip, about the history and the rights and wrongs, the thing I want to point out is that Ireland doing this is beginning to look grown up. From my childhood on, I remember the things said about England or Britain, people refused to use the geographic name Great, in the mistaken idea that it refered to cool or good instead of size. I recall the bare hatred, the nastiness, the small mindedness shown toward England and the English, it became embarrassing as I got older and started reading for myself, finding much of the claims made against the dastardly ‘English’ were just that claims, not facts.

Throughout most of Irish history, our fellow Irish have been our worst enemies, it was an Irishman who first invited the Normans to Ireland, offered his daughter in marriage and his kingdom to a Norman earl, all because he wanted to beat some rival king in some petty war. It was Irishmen who fought on each side in each conflict betraying one another at pivotal points in history or running away to France or Rome to retire to the good life instead of sticking it out in Ireland with their people, and we wonder why Ireland did not produce an independent king?

Yes the English ‘fecked up’ as we say out here, but the truth is the Irish are an exasperating people, one that drive sane men mad and merciful men to massacre.

And please don’t believe every sordid tale written by frothing at the mouth ‘Irish-Americans’, they have some serious problems.

But I digress, the whole state visit was quite amazing, it was as if Ireland suddenly decided to act like a grown up, it became an ongoing national event, blanket TV coverage, state banquets, tens of thousands lining the routes taken and then after it was done we suddenly realise the Queen has been and gone and except for a few predictable protests, nothing went wrong.


Remeberance Day

Today is Rememberance Day or Armistice Day as it was first known, although it wont be marked properly until Sunday, it is today that is the anniversary of that day in 1918, the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th month of the fourth year of the Great War.

Three of my great grandfathers were involved in that terrible war, two were in the Royal Navy, one was in the Royal Artillery Corps in the army. I have recently been doing some research into my ancestors, and have found that the great-grandfather who was in the Royal Artillery Corp was in Lahore, India in 1914 when the war broke out, he was then posted to the Western Front in France. In 1915 he was dispatched to the Middle East to fight Turkey, he fought in Mesopotamia and got as far as Tikrit, the future home of a one Saddam Hussein. In his official paperwork, the names of towns once obscure and now once again renowned stare out at me, Basra, Baghdad, Fallujah and of course Tikrit.

He was then posted to Egypt and was part of the first Christian army to conquer Jerusalem from the infidel since 1090. Then toward the end of the war he was once again back at the Western Front, facing the last gasp offensive of the German Imperial Army. Then it was over.

It is strange to think about. What did he see? What was it like? He saw India in the days of the Raj, how amazing would that be? He saw the Middle East before the oil, and marched into Jerusalem before Israel existed and before the locals were driven out. He saw the carnage of the Western Front, something I do not envy him. Then he went home to Ireland, a nation collapsing into civil war, and so he fought for the Free State against the IRA.

My father barely remembers Jack, his grandfather, he does remember when he was small, sitting on his lap, but not much else, and yet he sat on the lap of a great man, a brave man, a travelled man. But Ireland being Ireland, the things he did were not spoken of, they were forgotten until we began to go through old army records.

The Great War tested many men like my great grandfather, who passed the testing, and did good and noble things, but even though we have the tales of heroism, the great monuments and the revered days, the one thing that stands out about that war is the great sadness attached to it.

This was the war that ended Europe.

This was the war that took over ten million of our men, many of whom could have done great things for our civilisation, ten millions who would have had children, tended land, colonised empty space in Australasia and the Americas. These men would have loved the millions of spinsters left single, they would have invented things and developed other things, they would have lived.

Instead they died for nothing, and with them, died our civilisation. All the bad that we now have to contend with is a result of our loss in that terrible time. Before that war we were confident, we were happy and hopeful. There were always problems, but just take a look at the few film reels from Vienna or St Petersburg or London or Berlin or New York and you see hard-working people, smiling and active, you see proud buildings carved of stone, lining the pleasant streets, you will see a civilisation at its height.

Now one can only sense despair, anger, confusion. If one was to look at a film of the streets of the very same cities today, one would see something very different from the prewar days, the main difference would be the hoards of swarthy Africans and Arabs, women wrapped in chadors and burqas, filthy streets lines with ugly crumbling concrete structures, it is a civilisation that is dead.

So Let us remember that day, let us remember that war, and let us remember all that we have lost.