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  • Ireland vote builds gay marriage momentum (in Germany)

    05/26/2015 11:06:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 May 2015 08:44 GMT+02:00
    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is feeling the pressure from opposition MPs, its own gay supporters and its Social Democratic Party (SPD) allies to look again at allowing gay marriage after Ireland’s popular “yes” vote on Friday. Linke (Left) party leader Gregor Gysi told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that the Irish decision came at a time of “cultural revolution” that would have been “unimaginable” just a short time ago. “There can’t be any more delays,” Gysi said. “It’s up to us to catch up.” He was joined in his call by Green party leader Simone Peter, who said...
  • Ten Thoughts on the Irish Debacle

    05/26/2015 6:58:43 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Donald P. McClarey
    Now that Ireland has voted to approve gay marriage, a few thoughts: 1. Catholic Ireland is now Anti-Catholic Ireland-The Irish have always found scapegoats useful as an explanation for Irish failings. Britain long played this role and the Church is now filling this role. This vote, for many of the voters, was a joyous opportunity to give a one finger salute to the faith of their ancestors. 2. Spineless Shepherds-With one or two exceptions, the Irish episcopate was worse than useless. Cowardice was their most notable attribute. Expecting these timeservers to stand up for Catholicism in a hostile environment is...
  • Follow the Money: American Entity Funded Irish Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Campaign

    05/24/2015 1:38:51 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 44 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | VICTOR GAETAN
    Ireland’s rush to permanently redefine marriage is a startling development for a country that legalized divorce only 20 years ago. How could the nation that "saved civilization" precipitously decide to make its constitution “gender neutral,” especially in a section devoted to … the family? Key organizations opposing the radical change believe one answer can be found in the multimillion-dollar external financing program that has quietly poured money into Ireland to fund several homosexual-rights organizations since 2004, especially from U.S.-based Atlantic Philanthropies. Although not as well known as the Gates Foundation, Atlantic has a similar pedigree: Billionaire businessman Chuck Feeney is...
  • Gay marriage will split the Catholic Church

    05/24/2015 11:05:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 70 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 05-23-2015 | Damian Thompson
    Ireland, for so long the most overtly Catholic state in Western Europe, has voted for gay marriage by a stupendous margin – 62 per cent. Never before has a country legalised the practice by popular vote. It would be naive to ask: how could this happen? Hatred of the Church is one of the central features of modern Ireland, thanks not only to the paedophile scandals but also to the joyless quasi-Jansenist character of the Irish Church, which was handed complete control of education in the Free State after partition in 1922. (Many of its priests were outstandingly holy and...
  • IRELAND’S ROAD TO SERFDOM

    05/24/2015 10:42:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 23, 2015 | by BENJAMIN HARRIS-QUINNEY
    Two supposedly landmark political events have occurred on the island of Ireland this week.Both were greeted with an element of surprise and excitement and were hailed as great victories for the “progressive movement”, both were inevitable.The referendum in which Ireland supported Same Sex Marriage and a departure with Catholicism was not today, it was in 2009, when Irish people voted to ratify the Lisbon Treaty. They had to vote for a second time of course, their first answer being wrong, but that was the last scism of the defence of their religion and nationhood.The decision on both the Asher’s Bakery...
  • Len Anthony: The Bible is wrong on homosexuality

    05/23/2015 9:07:59 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 93 replies
    FitsNews.com ^ | 5/22/2015 | Len Anthony
    image: http://fitsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/len-anthony-100x100.jpg || By LEN ANTHONY || In 2012 after a forty-year hiatus from attending church I decided to give it another try. At the beginning of the sermon on my first Sunday back in a pew the pastor said “we here at the Antioch Church (not the real name of the church) believe the Bible is the true, inerrant word of God.” That struck me as odd. Modern physics, anthropology, archeology and DNA mapping, etc. make it clear that portions of the Bible are not true.
  • How Politicians From Hillary Clinton To David Cameron Reacted To Ireland's Same-Sex Marriage Vote

    05/23/2015 3:02:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | May 23, 2015 | Kerry Flynn
    Ireland became Saturday the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages by popular vote. Within the U.S., Maine, Maryland and Washington in 2012 were the first states to legalize such unions through popular votes. Meanwhile, 37 states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriages, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. A measure to legalize such unions via popular votes could be added to the ballots in the 13 other states during the 2016 general elections, when it conceivably could have the support of at least one presidential candidate, as IrelandÂ’s action motivated one White House...
  • Ireland becomes first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote

    05/23/2015 2:46:45 PM PDT · by tflabo · 132 replies
    The Observer--Guardian ^ | Saturday 23 May 2015 16.29 EDT | The Observer
    Ireland has voted by a huge majority to legalise same-sex marriage, becoming the first country in the world to do so by popular vote in a move hailed as a social revolution and welcomed around the world. Some 62% of the Irish Republic’s electorate voted in favour of gay marriage. The result means that a republic once dominated by the Catholic church ignored the instructions of its cardinals and bishops.
  • Ireland `changed utterly` by gay marriage vote [Traditional Catholic teaching rejected]

    05/24/2015 6:32:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Zee News ^ | 05/24/2015
    Ireland`s newspapers said Sunday that the country had dramatically changed and confirmed its emergence from the shadow of the traditionally powerful Catholic Church by voting in favour of gay marriage. Tabloids and broadsheets alike carried colourful pictures of partying "Yes" supporters cheering the landslide referendum result Saturday as they reflected on what the decision meant for Ireland. The Sunday Independent, Ireland`s biggest-selling newspaper, said the vote was truly "historic". "A new beginning" said its front page, which carried a picture of a lesbian couple who plan to marry as others in the background jumped in the air waving the rainbow...
  • American dollars bequeathed us Ireland’s successful referendum

    05/24/2015 6:41:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/24/15 | Judi Mcleod
    If millions of dollars partnered with “aggressive social media” can wipe out corruption and bald-faced lies, then Hillary Clinton, who comes with great stores of both, could be America’s next president That it was suddenly magnanimous, home-grown Irish, a coming together of young and old, who made their country the first to approve same-sex marriage by way of referendum, is an exaggeration that surpasses the gifts said to come to the kissers of the legendary Blarney Stone. It was in point of fact American money raised by the billion dollar resourced Atlantic Philanthropies organization who poured in mega millions to...
  • Ireland Goes Gay

    05/24/2015 4:20:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 61 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 23, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A fellow named Danny Smith posted a street scene of Dublin on Twitter late afternoon on Saturday. In the background was a glimpse of that celestial phenomenon that appears after a storm, at the other end of which, it is said, there's a pot of gold.  "There's a big gay rainbow over Dublin," Smith tweeted. "If that's not Jesus giving the Yes vote I don't know what is." Danny Boy can be forgiven for his hyperbole. Though his Twitter page identifies him as being a resident of Manchester, England, he's joining in the enthusiasm being demonstrated in streets, squares...
  • Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

    05/24/2015 2:34:47 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    npr.org ^ | May 23, 2015 | Scott Neuman, L. Carol Ritchie
    Ireland has become the first-ever country to approve same-sex marriage by referendum, voting overwhelmingly to approve it despite opposition from clergy in the heavily Catholic nation, according to official results announced today.
  • Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage

    05/23/2015 3:53:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    AP ^ | May 23, 2015 | Shawn Pogatchink
    Leaders on both sides of Ireland's gay marriage campaign say advocates of legalization have won a resounding victory with the ballot count still underway. Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit gay marriage, say the only question Saturday is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote.
  • The Fairest Referendum Money Can Buy

    05/19/2015 1:37:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Mercator.net ^ | 5/19/15 | Michael Cook
    As Friday’s referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland approaches, attention has turned to the funding behind the Yes campaign. A petition has been launched which says that “this push for same-sex marriage in Ireland has not at all been a ‘home-grown’ phenomenon, but, rather, a carefully-orchestrated and massively well-funded assault on the natural family, coming from private American funding”. In most countries funding local politics with overseas money would be as popular with voters as barbecuing puppydogs at a school fair. But not, apparently, in Ireland. A charity founded by Irish-American businessman Chuck Feeney, Atlantic Philanthropies, cheerfully acknowledges that it...
  • Citizens of Ireland: Vote 'No' on Friday's Marriage Referendum

    05/19/2015 9:17:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | May 19, 2015 | Fran Griffin - press release
    WASHINGTON, May 19, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- This following op-ed by columnist, Craig Turner, is being issued by the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation. Mr. Turner, a widely-published writer, is the author of "Words of Faith" and "Words of Hope."On Friday, May 22, Ireland will vote upon an issue that has vexed both the United States and Europe: same-sex "marriage." While many Irish may believe that following the path already taken by some countries would be correct, the logic behind same-sex marriage is lacking. For example, proponents of same-sex marriage have labeled those who adhere to traditional marriage as bigots and haters....
  • British Election: Implications for Ireland of Tory win less than salubrious

    05/07/2015 1:21:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | Thursday, May 07, 2015 | Shuan Connolly
    ...The prospect of an in-out EU referendum driven by David Cameron's desperate attempts to keep the Conservatives together on Europe while fending off the threat from the UKIP [insert laughter here -- 'Civ] right is a nightmare scenario for the Irish government. Dublin often takes comfort from hiding behind Britannia's skirts in Brussels when the British take all the flak for opposing tax and other financial harmonisations in a belligerent stance that also benefits Ireland. With Nick Clegg trading away yet another of the Lib Dems principles and doing a U-turn on his previous opposition to a referendum, if Cameron...
  • Apple says EU probe of Irish tax policy could be ‘material’

    05/01/2015 5:26:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:44pm EDT | Devika Krishna Kumar
    Apple Inc. said the European Commission’s investigation into Ireland’s tax treatment of multinationals could have a “material” impact if it was determined that Dublin’s tax policies represented unfair state aid. Apple said that if the EU’s investigations concluded against Ireland, the company could be required to pay past taxes for up to 10 years “reflective of the disallowed state aid.” The EU began a formal investigation against Ireland in June last year for alleged state aid to Apple. …
  • Did Halley's Comet Convert the Irish to Christianity?

    04/25/2015 3:57:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Smithsonian (video) ^ | circa 2014 | unattributed
  • America’s First Mass [Ecumenical]

    05/18/2014 5:37:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    CatholicWorldReport.com ^ | May 13, 2014 | John Buescher
    America’s First Mass St. Brendan (Naomh Breandán) and the whale by Honorius Philoponus from "Novi Orbis Indiae Occidentalis" (1621)America’s First Mass | John Buescher | Catholic World ReportWhen was it, where was it, and who said it? When and where was the first Mass offered in America? No one living today knows the answer to this intriguing question. But we can summarize what we do know about the first Masses in various parts of the New World.Some legendary accounts of the life of St. Brendan, who was a priest, say he set off in a small boat on a...
  • UCD archaeologists seek to recreate the world of our ancestors

    04/11/2015 9:05:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | April 11, 2015 | Ronan McGreevy
    Centre for Experimental Archaeology on Belfield campus is only one of its kind in the world.Brendan O’Neill at work on his early medieval round house on the UCD campus. How did our ancestors create the world they lived in? How did they survive without the modern accoutrements that make our lives easy? The question is at the heart of archaeology and forms the basis of a unique project in a quiet corner of University College Dublin’s sprawling Belfield campus. UCD is the only university in the world with a centre for experimental archaeology. It is not made of bricks and...
  • ‘Sick’ postcard to students compares supporters of gay marriage to Jimmy Savile (Ireland)

    03/31/2015 12:16:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    BreakingNews.ie ^ | 31/03/2015 - 13:01:20
    The students’ union at Maynooth University has described a postcard it received this morning, which compares those who support gay marriage with people who have been convicted of sexual abuse and pedophilia, as “sick”. The postcard calls for a No vote in the same sex marriage referendum in May. It states that Jimmy Savile, Gary Glitter and Rolf Harris all propagated Homosexual marriage and it calls itself the “No Way is Ireland Gay” campaign. The college voted this afternoon on whether or not to raise a Pride flag on the campus in support of equality. …
  • White Slaves in Colonial America

    03/23/2015 9:28:55 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 68 replies
    My Research | March 23 2015 | Me
    I am certain we never heard this in school. The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves. Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white....
  • Patrick: the saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

    03/17/2015 3:07:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | March 17, 2015 | Kevin J. Jones
    St. Patrick, as seen in C.E. Kempe's stained glass in St. John the Baptist parish, Burford, UK. Credit: Lawrence OP via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Washington D.C., Mar 17, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery. “The pathos of St. Patrick’s description of the fate of his victims is something I think we can identify with now,” said Jennifer Paxton, a history professor who teaches at Catholic University of America’s...
  • Letter from Ireland: Mystery of the Fulacht Fiadh

    02/19/2015 2:24:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Archaeology ^ | January/February 2012 | Erin Mullally
    On a typically misty morning in the west of Ireland, just outside the medieval town of Athenry, County Galway, archaeologist Declan Moore... is taking me to visit an unexcavated fulacht fiadh (pronounced FULL-ahk FEE-add), or fulachtaí fia in plural, the most common type of prehistoric archaeological site in Ireland. Better known as a "burnt mound" in the neighboring United Kingdom, where they are also found, there are nearly 6,000 recorded fulacht fiadh sites dotted around Ireland alone... When we arrive at the site, Moore shows me the basic features of a fulacht fiadh -- a horseshoe-shaped mound of soil and...
  • Ancient artefacts at Tullaghoge [Ireland, 5000 BC]

    02/19/2015 1:31:39 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | February 15, 2015 | unattributed
    An archaeological bid to discover more about the hilltop where Ulster chieftains were crowned 700 years ago has uncovered artefacts dating back more than 7,000 years. Tullaghoge Fort in rural Co Tyrone was the place leaders of the dominant O'Neill clan came to be crowned from around the 14th Century to just before the arrival of the planters at the start of the 17th Century. Targeted excavation work around the picturesque tree encircled earthen mound ahead of the planned development of new visitor facilities hoped to find and preserve buried artefacts from that period -- but it ended up unearthing...
  • Irish, Scots And Welsh Not Celtic - Scientist

    09/09/2004 3:59:23 PM PDT · by blam · 60 replies · 5,985+ views
    IOL ^ | 9-9-2004
    Irish, Scots and Welsh not Celts - scientists September 09 2004 at 08:15PM Dublin - Celtic nations like Ireland and Scotland have more in common with the Portuguese and Spanish than with "Celts" - the name commonly used for a group of people from ancient Alpine Europe, scientists say. "There is a received wisdom that the origin of the people of these islands lie in invasions or migrations... but the affinities don't point eastwards to a shared origin," said Daniel Bradley, co-author of a genetic study into Celtic origins. Early historians believed the Celts - thought to have come from...
  • Bronze brooch rises from the ashes [ medieval Ireland ]

    02/08/2010 4:52:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 822+ views
    Irish Times ^ | Thursday, February 4, 2010 | Anne Lucey
    A 1,400-year-old brooch dating from the early Christian period has been discovered in the remnants of a turf fire in a range in north Kerry. It is believed the brooch fastened the cloak of a clergyman and was dropped, probably on a forest road which later became bog. It ended up in a sod of turf in the range of Sheila and Pat Joe Edgeworth at Martara, Ballylongford, near the Shannon estuary. Lands alongside the Shannon are chequered with early Christian ruins and holy wells. The bronze brooch was found shortly before Christmas by Ms Edgeworth when she was cleaning...
  • Ireland drawn into 'new Cold War' as Vladimir Putin flexes muscles after Russian bombers

    02/01/2015 10:11:46 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 29 replies
    Belefast Telegraph ^ | 31 Jan 15 | Paul Melia, Ralph Riegel, Philip Ryan and Tom Brady
    The Republic found itself at the centre of the latest muscle-flexing exercise by Vladimir Putin after Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons flew past the west coast. A diplomatic spat erupted as the Irish Government warned it was “absolutely unacceptable” that the two Tupolev 95s were in Irish-controlled airspace for five hours without notifying the authorities. The planes were flying with their transponders switched off – meaning they could not be ‘seen’ by civilian aircraft as they passed through the busy airspace, where around 1,800 planes a day travel. The aircraft were tracked by RAF Typhoon jets for more...
  • Irish police officer shot while visiting New Orleans.

    02/01/2015 9:03:26 AM PST · by shemyk344 · 24 replies
    nola The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/28/15 | Carlie Kollath Wells
    NOPD said the 30-year-old victim, who Irish media have identified as Hanrahan, was approached by a gunman in the 2200 block of New Orleans Street. The gunman demanded money, and the victim refused.
  • Exploration of underwater forest [Loch Tay]

    07/16/2008 10:42:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 1,480+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, July 15, 2008 | unattributed
    Underwater archaeologists are taking to Loch Tay to try to uncover more about a submerged prehistoric woodland. The stumps of about 50 trees were discovered in 2005 - some of them are thought to be about 6,000 years old. The experts are now aiming to find their root system and establish the depth to which the trees are buried. Meanwhile, a campaign has been launched to help restore the reconstructed crannog, an ancient loch dwelling, which attracts thousands of visitors. The Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology will spend the next two weeks inspecting the drowned forest. They will be focusing...
  • The Revolutionary War was tough and brutal

    07/08/2007 7:39:21 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 64 replies · 1,239+ views
    Creators.com ^ | July 4, 2007 | Froma Harrop
    In the popular mind, the American Revolution was mostly about liberty and the pursuit of happiness -- and the war that followed the Declaration of Independence wasn't much of a war. We imagine toy soldiers in red coats chasing picturesque rebels. Actually, the War of Independence was horrific, according to John Ferling, a leading historian of early America. It was a grinding conflict that rivaled, and in some ways exceeded, the Civil War in its toll on American fighters when looked at on a per-capita basis. Ferling chronicles the suffering in his new book, "Almost a Miracle: The American Victory...
  • Medieval Irish warlord boasts three million descendants

    01/19/2006 6:04:01 PM PST · by wagglebee · 33 replies · 1,007+ views
    NewScientist.com ^ | 1/18/06 | AFP and NewScientist.com staff
    Up to three million men around the world could be descended from a prolific medieval Irish king, according to a new genetic study.It suggests that the 5th-century warlord known as "Niall of the Nine Hostages" may be the ancestor of about one in 12 Irishmen, say researchers at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Niall established a dynasty of powerful chieftains that dominated the island for six centuries.In a study of the Y chromosome - which is only passed down through the male line - scientists found a hotspot in northwest Ireland where 21.5% carry Niall’s genetic fingerprint, says Brian McEvoy,...
  • Up to three million men descended from medieval Irish warlord: study

    01/19/2006 8:02:19 AM PST · by mjp · 42 replies · 1,269+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed Jan 18, 11:01 AM ET
    DUBLIN (AFP) - Up to three million men around the world could be descended from a prolific medieval Irish king, according to researchers at Trinity College Dublin. A genetics study suggests that the fifth-century warlord known as "Niall of the Nine Hostages" may be the ancestor of about one in 12 Irishmen. He established a dynasty of powerful chieftains that dominated the island for six centuries. In a study of the Y chromosomes -- which are only passed down through the male line -- scientists found there is a genetic fingerprint hot-spot in northwest Ireland where 21.5 percent carry it,...
  • Britons Dedicate Renovated Franklin Home

    01/17/2006 5:16:05 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 53 replies · 840+ views
    Forbes/Associated Press ^ | 01.17.2006 | JILL LAWLESS
    Benjamin Franklin, Londoner. The U.S. founding father lived in the British capital for almost two decades before the American Revolution, working to bridge the widening gap between the colonies and the crown. After decades of neglect and a $5.3 million restoration, his house was unveiled to the public Tuesday as a museum dedicated to a revolutionary who spent years trying to keep Britain and its American colonies united. "He wasn't very successful, but he sowed the seeds of the Anglo-American special relationship," said Marcia Balisciano, director of the Benjamin Franklin House museum. U.S. Ambassador Robert H. Tuttle and Foreign Secretary...
  • Guide to American Presidents GEORGE WASHINGTON 1732-99 [GW's English Ancestry]

    06/18/2013 8:25:00 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 21 replies
    Burke's Peerage ^ | Unknown | Anon.
    1st PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1789-97 FAMILY ESSAY "Washington came of very good blood - aw, quite good - I b'lieve." Attributed by his classmates to Amory Blaine in F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise. The Washingtons are of unusual antiquity in European terms, let alone American ones. A direct male ancestry has been traced back to William de Wessington or Wessyngton (i.e., Washington, a town in Tyne and Wear, formerly County Durham, in northern England), who was living in the late 12th century. The remoter ancestry is not absolutely certain but a detailed argument has...
  • Girl Traces US Presidents' Family Tree, All Related But One

    04/02/2011 5:17:39 PM PDT · by Germanicus Cretorian · 96 replies · 1+ views
    digtriad.com ^ | Aug 2 2010 | Carrie Hodgin
    Paso Robles, CA -- Their political party lines maybe different but one thing United States presidents could share is their family line. A young girl in California has put together a Presidential Family Tree. Twelve-year-old BridgeAnne d'Avignon found that all the presidents but one are related to King John of England through a common ancestor. "They are all cousins and all grandsons of John Lackland," BridgeAnne told KCOY News. The girl searched more than a half million names for months. She started with George Washington, then traced both the male and female family lines to make the connection. KCOY reports...
  • Reunited At Last! This Is David, The Brother I Lost Just 1,000 Years Ago

    12/31/2006 2:56:02 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies · 1,678+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12-31-2006 | Robin McKie
    Reunited at last! This is David, the brother I lost just 1,000 years ago Gene study is throwing a new light on our nation's history - and our personal ancestry, reports science editor Robin McKie Sunday December 31, 2006 The Observer (UK) A scientific revolution is taking place in the study of our ancient past. Once the preserve of academics who analysed prehistoric stones and crumbling parchment, the subject has been transformed by the study of our genes by scientists who are using the blood of the living to determine the actions of men and women centuries ago. In the...
  • Scientists discover most fertile Irish male

    01/18/2006 4:59:48 AM PST · by voletti · 18 replies · 1,221+ views
    Sify news ^ | 1/18/06 | Reuters
    Dublin: Scientists in Ireland may have found the country's most fertile male, with more than 3 million men worldwide among his offspring. The scientists, from Trinity College Dublin, have discovered that as many as one in twelve Irish men could be descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages, a 5th-century warlord who was head of the most powerful dynasty in ancient Ireland. His genetic legacy is almost as impressive as Genghis Khan, the Mongol emperor who conquered most of Asia in the 13th century and has nearly 16 million descendants, said Dan Bradley, who supervised the research. "It's another link...
  • Race row professor and policeman 'may be distant cousins'

    07/29/2009 11:14:16 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 19 replies · 954+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | July 30, 2009 | Tom Leonard
    As if their White House bonding session over a few beers later today couldn't get any more bizarre, it has now emerged that the prominent US black academic and the white policeman who controversially arrested him may be distant cousins. Prof Henry Louis Gates and Sgt James Crowley are both descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages, a 4th century Irish warlord who was renowned for his prowess on the battlefield and the bedroom. In a television series on African-American ancestry which the Harvard academic hosted last year, Prof Gates discovered he was descended from an Irish immigrant and a...
  • Harvard Professor Gates Is Half-Irish, Related to Cop Who Arrested Him

    07/29/2009 11:29:14 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,078+ views
    abcnews ^ | July 28, 2009 | NIALL O'DOWD
    Henry Louis Gates Jr., the black professor at the center of the racial story involving his arrest outside his Harvard University-owned house, has spoken proudly of his Irish roots. Strangely enough, he and the Cambridge, Mass., police officer who arrested him, Sgt. James Crowley, both trace their ancestry back to the legendary Niall of the Nine Hostages. In a PBS series on African-American ancestry that he hosted in 2008, Gates discovered his Irish roots when he found he was descended from an Irish immigrant and a slave girl. He went to Trinity College in Dublin to have his DNA analyzed....
  • Harvard Prof Gates Is Half-Irish, Related to Cop Who Arrested Him

    07/28/2009 4:22:09 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 70 replies · 1,251+ views
    Harvard Prof Gates Is Half-Irish, Related to Cop Who Arrested Him Two Men at Center of Controversy Linked by Irish Heritage By NIALL O'DOWD IrishCentral.com Publisher July 28, 2009— Henry Louis Gates Jr., the black professor at the center of the racial story involving his arrest outside his Harvard University-owned house, has spoken proudly of his Irish roots. Strangely enough, he and the Cambridge, Mass., police officer who arrested him, Sgt. James Crowley, both trace their ancestry back to the legendary Niall of the Nine Hostages. In a PBS series on African-American ancestry that he hosted in 2008, Gates discovered...
  • Ireland's Dairies Date Back 6,000 Years

    01/19/2015 4:45:29 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Friday, January 16, 2015 | editors
    Ninety percent of the fats found in Neolithic cooking pots from Ireland came from dairy products, according to a new study conducted at the University of Bristol. "We know from previous research that dairying was an important part of many early farming economies, but what was a big surprise was the prevalence of dairy residues in Irish pots. It looks to have been a very important food source," said Jessica Smyth of the School of Chemistry. The remaining ten percent of the residues came from beef or mutton fat, or a mixture of milk and meat. "People can obviously cook...
  • Irish Cabinet minister announces he’s gay

    01/18/2015 9:22:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2015 11:05 AM EST | Shawn Pogatchnik
    A senior Cabinet minister in Ireland says he’s gay, becoming the first openly homosexual government figure in the history of the traditionally conservative Catholic country. Sunday’s announcement on state radio by Health Minister Leo Varadkar received widespread praise for its straightforward honesty. Analysts said his decision was likely to be viewed with hindsight as a landmark of social change in a country that, until 1993, outlawed homosexual acts. Varadkar said he decided to declare his sexuality in advance of government moves this year to advance gay rights. These include plans to legalize gay marriage, permit homosexual men to donate blood,...
  • Author Says a Whole Culture -- Not a Single 'Homer' -- Wrote 'Iliad,' 'Odyssey'

    01/05/2015 1:09:44 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 65 replies
    National Geographic ^ | January 4, 2015 | Simon Worrall
    In Why Homer Matters, historian and award-winning author Adam Nicolson suggests that Homer be thought of not as a person but as a tradition and that the works attributed to him go back a thousand years earlier than generally believed. Speaking from his home in England, Nicolson describes how being caught in a storm at sea inspired his passion for Homer, how the oral bards of the Scottish Hebrides may hold the key to understanding Homer's works, and why smartphones are connecting us to ancient oral traditions in new and surprising ways... About ten years ago, I set off sailing...
  • Wind turbine collapses in Northern Ireland

    01/04/2015 1:24:44 PM PST · by PROCON · 60 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Jan. 4, 2015 | Emily Gosden
    Investigation after 328-foot turbine buckles at wind farm in County Tyrone despite only light winds A 328-foot tall wind turbine worth more than Ł2 million pounds has buckled and collapsed on a mountainside in Northern Ireland. Unconfirmed reports suggested the blades of the turbine had spun out of control - despite only light wind speeds - before the structure came crashing to the ground on Friday. Locals claimed the sound of the turbine hitting the mountain could be heard up to seven miles away from the Screggagh wind farm, near Fintona in County Tyrone.
  • Metrosexual man ruled the Iron Age

    08/02/2006 6:00:09 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 62 replies · 1,241+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 02, 2006 | Unattributed
    LONDON: For decades it has been a man's privilege to scoff at the lengths to which women will go to make themselves look beautiful. But go back a few thousand years, and the male of the species went to extraordinary lengths to look good. Scientists examining prehistoric bodies found in the peat bogs of Ireland have discovered evidence of careful grooming on male corpses. One of the bodies, dug up in 2003 at Clonycavan, near Dublin, had mohawk-style hair, held in place with a gel substance. The other, unearthed three months later 40km away in Oldcroghan, had carefully manicured fingernails....
  • Ireland's Viking Fortress

    02/03/2011 7:02:44 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Archaeology, V 64 N 1 ^ | January/February 2011 | Erin Mullally
    Linn Duachaill was founded in A.D. 841, the same year as Viking Dublin. The fortress was used as a center by the Vikings to trade goods, organize attacks against inland Irish monasteries, and send captured Irish slaves abroad. For more than 70 years, Linn Duachaill rivaled Dublin as the preeminent Viking holding on the east coast of Ireland before it was eventually abandoned. The discovery of Linn Duachaill will finally allow archeologists to compare the actual site with medieval documents. The names of leaders of the garrison are recorded, along with extensive accounts of attacks they carried out. The site...
  • Digging up the 'Spanish Vikings'

    12/22/2014 4:27:00 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    University of Aberdeen News ^ | 18 December 2014 | Euan Wemyss
    Dr Garcia Losquino, who is from the region, was compelled to visit Galicia in Northern Spain unexpectedly when a number of Viking anchors were washed ashore in a storm in March 2014... "On the beach where the anchors were found there was a big mound which locals thought might have been a motte-and-bailey construction, which was used by the later Vikings in France. But with the help of a geographer using tomography we now think this was a longphort -- a Viking construction only found in Ireland during the early Viking age, and very similar to English Viking camps, where...
  • Be a Rock Star... Start Hating Big Government

    12/27/2014 6:31:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The self-proclaimed “Robin Hood of Rock” is beginning to sound a little more like Grover Norquist than a traditional pop-culture leftist. The U2 frontman, Bono, recently praised Ireland’s extraordinarily low tax rate, while claiming that the move has brought unparalleled prosperity to the Emerald Isle. According to the UK Independent, Bono boasted about the tax-policy’s ability to bring wealth to Ireland for the first time in centuries:“We are a tiny little country, we don’t have scale, and our version of scale is to be innovative and to be clever, and tax competitiveness has brought our country the only prosperity we’ve known.”He even...
  • Marvel at winter solstice sunrise in Newgrange

    12/18/2007 7:32:41 AM PST · by Renfield · 22 replies · 983+ views
    Daily Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 12-15-07 | Sophie Campbell
    A brief moment of wonder awaits a few lucky people who see the winter solstice sunrise in Newgrange, Co Meath, Ireland, reports Sophie Campbell. If you put your head on the floor of the burial chamber at Newgrange, Ireland's most famous passage tomb, rest your cheek on the soft grit and look back down the slightly wonky passage of upright stone slabs, you can see a wigwam of light at the end. This is the entrance, which faces south-east over the wide, shallow valley of the River Boyne and a ridge called Red Mountain. If you are lucky enough to...