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Old civil war enemies form historic coalition government

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / July 3, 2020

Left to right, climate minister Eamon Ryan, tánaiste Leo Varadkar and taoiseach Micheál Martin at a cabinet meeting. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Old enemies from the Irish civil war, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, have formed a historic coalition government in Ireland together with the Green Party.  After almost 100 years of civil war politics, both […]

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Celtronic 2020 – Together:Apart – virtually!

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / July 1, 2020

Celtronic 2020 – Together:Apart started last night.  It will celebrate 20 years of electronic dance music.  For the next six days and nights, more than 60 artists from across the world will come together to celebrate 20 years of Ireland’s leading electronic music festival, Celtronic.  For the last 20 years, music fans from Derry and […]

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Rami Zahra – Syrian refugee journalist in Ireland

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / June 30, 2020

Rami Zahra is a Syrian refugee journalist who has settled in Ireland.  His son, Joud, was the first Syrian refugee baby born in Northern Ireland.  Along with his wife Shireen, Rami was forced to flee the war-torn middle-eastern country after enduring years of civil war.  This brought with it indiscriminate bombings and shootings. Danger Rami’s […]

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Linda Ervine – Irish language thriving in East Belfast

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / June 24, 2020

Linda Ervine’s interview video at the bottom of the article I first met Linda Ervine, a proud Unionist and Protestant from East Belfast, a few years ago in Gweedore, County Donegal.  We were attending an intensive, residential one-week Gaeilge or Irish language course. I had a great night over a few pints with Linda and […]