Today is the anniversary of the death of Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. He died in 2013, and the poet’s passing was a shock. Thousands attended his funeral service, which was broadcast live on Irish television. Now, almost two years later, the epitaph on Heaney’s gravestone has been revealed, and it’s just as wise as his poetry:Walk on Air […]Read more "Walk on Air Against Your Better Judgement"
Another old Diasporational post, this one about Irish-American journalist Floyd Gibbons and the sinking of the Laconia off the Irish coast in 1917.Read more "“I have serious doubts whether this is a real story.”"
I wrote a review of Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory for MovieRob’s Argumentative August series. Click on the picture to read the reviewRead more "Argumentative August #8 – Paths of Glory (1957)"
To celebrate making the longlist for the Irish Blog Awards, I am continuing my reposting of old posts to do with the Irish Diaspora. Here is a piece I did about an Irishman’s account of fighting for the Union in the U.S. Civil War.Read more "Ireland and the U.S. Civil War"
Originally posted on The Fluff Is Raging:
William Howard Russell By Niall McArdle It was the site of an infamous cavalry charge that was either an act of supreme bravery or one of sheer stupidity, or both. It inspired a famous poem that is still drilled into schoolchildren. A young woman in London, Florence Nightingale,…
The Fluff is Raging has made the longlist for this year’s Irish Blog Awards. It’s a wonderful honour just to be nominated; to make longlist is great, especially when there are so many other great blogs out there. The blog is nominated in the Diaspora category. Congratulations to fellow longlisted Irish bloggers 746 Books, Women […]Read more "IRISH BLOG AWARDS 2015"
Tom Hardy is in it? And Hugh Dancy? And Jeremy Piven?Read more "The Men of ‘Black Hawk Down’"