We have asserted that nationalism in general is eejitry taken to the extreme, it becomes a form of evil. And in the case of our version of nationalism, perhaps the ultimate puzzling is that many of us would theoretically agree with an Irish United Nations if it were not for the followers themselves. nationalism – they had assumed that somehow became the main obstacle to their own ambitions.
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Above Newstalk breakfastShane Coleman and Vincent Wall (sitting for Ciara Kelly) debated these issues in light of recent revolts in nationalist “sentiment,” including a concert by Wolfe. Tones at the Féile an Phobail in Belfast, described as a “hateful festival” by the buck-leppery republic.
Coleman and Wall share the view that young people are naturally less aware of the potential for disaster in the wake of raw, untreated nationalism. It works well, which is “kicked around” by co-presenters, if only because it infuses an energy into the proceedings that isn’t allowed in more traditional presentation styles like Irish Morning – and any energy we can get at that time of day is much appreciated.
Coleman and Wall are joined by Austin Stack, whose father Brian, the chief jailer at Portlaoise, was murdered by Provos. Stack spoke of the “creepy” of nationalist fanfare, recent IRA celebrations taking place in Northern Ireland, but “growing here too”.
For him and his family in particular, it has had a “restorative” effect, but perhaps more work needs to be done to sort out these debates. Like, one of the main things about Wolfe Tones and their ilk is not that their music is “Irish,” but that it sucks. Almost all “nationalist” music is bad, and honestly I don’t know who likes it, because the people I know are usually people who like good music.
It’s not our culture at all, unless we accept that our culture is fundamentally bad.
Elvis Presley is the essence of Irish culture as it’s far more developed than you’ll find at Féile an Phobail – with the bonus that his music isn’t bad. It is good. Or is it?
Journalist and broadcaster Pat Carty explaining to Kieran Cuddihy about Hard shoulder Yes, Elvis is mostly good, and sometimes bad, but since he got off to a great start, the bad stuff doesn’t really matter in the end.
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Interestingly, Elvis changed our culture forever, around the time Seán South of Garryowen, a particular favorite of Wolfe Tones, was making his mark on our consciousness. Now that we know that Nam has come a long way to the Right, he is almost meeting himself on the other end, we can decide for ourselves which of these celebrations we should celebrate with more excitement.
Last week, they marked the 45th anniversary of Elvis’ death; one of the very significant events for mankind, most of the people alive at that time can remember what they were doing when they heard the news. I’m listening to Tony Prince on Radio Luxembourg – Prince in mourning for the King, end of “Royal Ruler”.
There should be more information on this on all platforms, but Hard shoulder with Carty doing the right thing. Today, Carty can be found on so many shows, with these important contributions, that it’s about time someone convinced him to settle down in one place.
Marty Whelan has found his home on Lyric FM – a feeling forever reinforced by a Phil O’Kelly, who has Marty’s face tattooed on his thigh, after losing a Fantasy Football bet.
When Marty joined Lyric, there were some who felt it didn’t suit him. Turns out he brought a lot of stuff to the party, absolutely certain that he was the only Lyric presenter to have ever had their picture represented in the form of a tattoo.
Éamonn Lawlor, a former broadcaster who was a celebrity when he debuted Lyric, has never tattooed his head on anyone’s body. Liz Nolan and Aedín Gormley have received rave reviews, but no one has ever entered a tattoo parlor with a photo of either of them.
The growing Marty movement: Tiocfaidhár leaves.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/radio/radio-review-the-thing-about-the-the-wolfe-tones-is-not-that-their-music-is-irish-but-that-its-bad-41923281.html Radio Review: The thing about Wolfe Tones is not that their music is ‘Irish’, it’s that it sucks