Voices from Russia

Thursday, 12 March 2015

A Read n’ Heed… “My Annual Denunciation of St Patrick’s Day: What You Should Remember”

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The Clancy Brothers… The Easter Rising 1916… poetry by W B Yeats

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The Breastplate of St Patrick by Sarah Hart

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The Chieftains

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I’m in my annual pre-St Patrick’s Day grump. I love my Irish heritage, but given my Unionist family background, I understand the tragedy and complexity of that historical legacy. I hate the pop pseudo-Irish ethnic stereotypes dragged out at this time of year. Alcoholism is a genetic and cultural curse on the Irish and other people of Celtic descent, and it pains me to see it celebrated as the prime ingredient of Irish cultural identity. Remember, it’s a feast day in Lent, so, go to Mass, or Liturgy, or what you will. Recite The Breastplate of St Patrick. Read some Joyce or Yeats or the Tain. Put on the Chieftains, the Clancy Brothers, or some other real Irish music. Raise a toast to those gone before, and in memory of those who suffered or resisted oppression. Don’t put anything green into your mouth that didn’t come that way. Remember that green was the colour of the Sacred for the ancient Celts. Wear your green, even if you have no Irish ancestors, but remember that there were times when merely wearing it in public would have put ones life and livelihood in jeopardy, and rejoice that this is no longer the case either here or in Éire.

12 March 2015

Geoffrey Deacon

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Friday, 13 July 2012

13 July 2012. You’ve Heard Me Talk of “The Jug”… Here It Is and Here’s What’s It In It…

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When I say, “Pass the jug”, I mean it, and it better have the good stuff in it…

BMD

Thursday, 12 July 2012

12 July 2012. What’s the MOST Popular Whiskey on the Territory of the Former USSR? It’s BUSHMILLS… Made by Your Friendly Neighbourhood Orangemen…

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Bushmills is THE whiskey of choice amongst discriminating drinkers in the old Soviet Union. It IS the oldest distillery in the world (dating from 1608)… and its the product of proud Orangemen. After all, would Russians steer you wrong when it comes to drink? Raise a glass and cheer!

By the way… Bushmills was my Nicky’s father’s favourite tipple…

BMD

12 July 2012. A Multimedia Presentation. Have an ORANGE 12th of July… Not Everyone in Éire is a Papist…

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