Articles by: An Crann Saoirse

Elections, Northern Ireland

Haven’t we tired of the annual Sham Fight yet?

Haven’t we tired of the annual Sham Fight yet?

If you’re familiar with Northern Irish culture then you’ll no doubt have heard of the Sham Fight. Each 13th July, those of a sober disposition, and whose Twelfth is therefore enjoyed with ice cream and the like, join those who can manage a third consecutive day on the drink in […]

by × February 7, 2017 ×

Northern Ireland

Whatever government touches…RHI through a different lens

DUP strategists hoping that the arrival of Christmas would bring them a gift in the form of a petering out of the RHI saga will have been disappointed when the affair re-erupted after a brief interlude over the holiday. On Thursday evening, a letter to the bosses of local banks, […]

by × December 30, 2016 ×

Scotland

Another blow for cultural nationalism

Back when I was younger and somehow had more money, I spent a good deal of it watching Rangers. Everywhere, anywhere. In time, I ended up living 400 miles away from Ibrox and despite the presence of a local supporters’ club that would make the journey up the road, the […]

by × November 2, 2016 ×

Northern Ireland

The Ashers case – how everybody missed the point completely

The Ashers case – how everybody missed the point completely

I had a very revealing conversation this morning. While browsing the three main regional newspapers a colleague asked me, as colleagues do, if there was anything in the news today? Quiet, I said, but the Asher’s verdict is due later and that will generate days of headlines. “Ah”, they replied, […]

by × October 24, 2016 ×