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Dr Fergus Heffernan makes a rare and welcome presentation in his native Kilkenny. 

Sean Keane

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1 Feb 2017


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Dr Fergus Heffernan makes a rare and welcome presentation in his native Kilkenny





Sean Keane

Internationally known psychologist Dr. Fergus Heffernan returns to Kilkenny next week for a rare speaking event in his native city.

His presentation, entitled “The Blue Zone, the Key to Resilience”, will bring you on a fascinating journey on how the mind controls the brain at St Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy, Kilkenny at 8 pm on Wednesday, February 8. Admission is €10 and tickets will be available at the door

Using new cutting edge neuroscience in a fun way, Dr. Heffernan will highlight how each one of us can have a fulfilling and personal working life by having a better understanding of what happens in our heads and how we can tap into our own potential.

The Blue Zone

Showing us how we can live in “The Blue Zone” Dr. Heffernan, who regularly contributes to national and local media and makes presentations to some of the world’s leading public and private businesses, will lead us to uncover, discover and recover our lives and to become more resilient in dealing with life’s difficult situations.

During the evening the very popular and accessible speaker who is well known for his presentations to school management, teachers, parents, and pupils, will show new and exciting ways of teaching emotional intelligence to children by helping them to self-regulate their own emotions.

Dr. Heffernan has been described by those who have attended his talks as “a wonderful speaker” whose presentations are “powerful and life changing”. Others have said his talks are “well worth hearing” and that he should “keep on voicing his truth… it is well worth hearing”.


Tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds will go to the Carlow/Kilkenny Group of The Irish Pilgrimage Trust who bring local children with special needs to Lourdes each Easter.



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Reduced social welfare a factor in the rise in homelessness in those aged 18-24

New figures from the Department of Housing shows 776 young people who are either homeless or in emergency accommodation.


Reduced social welfare is being cited as one of the reasons for a spike in the number of 18-24 year olds who are homeless

New figures from the Department of Housing shows 776 young people who are either homeless or in emergency accommodation, this is an increase of 78% from 436 in April 2014.

The problem for young people on reduced dole in Ireland is that of mass immigration - it is feared that hordes of young Africans and Asians will flow in here from the UK for the Irish dole if it is increased in the 18-24 age group. It is not so much a question of how much or how little a restoration of the full dole to the young would cost, and they deserve such a restoration, it is this genuine fear of Ireland being overrun from the UK by such hordes of Asiatics and Africans in search of more welfare money. 

It has happened already.  To many Africans and Asians the Dole represents a luxury living style compared to what they were used to back home. It's Nirvana to them , and they tend to live on welfare for life with no intention of ever working  for their living - in fact most of them do not know what it is to hold down a job. Together with the rent allowance they're in heaven here in such a generous welfare state as Ireland, and they can just walk in here by way of the Common Travel Area. And not only that , but they have leftie champions here like Sinn Fein and people before profit who will get them Council houses ahead of the local Irish applicants who are on the local housing lists, without hope as the real homeless, for years. 

There is also the position that as regards Kilkenny city local auctioneers, such as Grincell's , state that there is not a bed left in the city whatever the rent offered, that Kilkenny is now crammed to the limit . Yes there are many vacant properties but owners do not wish to let, not every property owner wants to be a landlord and that is the owner's constitutional right. Immigrants are living ten to a room in Temple bar in Dublin right now , and many of them are here for the dole and the rent allowance, now the most generous in the world. 

This has been going on for the past twenty years without a murmur from the Irish government's, parties or politicians , but instead people like the unemployed Irish youth have to suffer half their welfare taken away, and of course it goes to paying the immigrants dole too.  

There are a record 7,421 people who are homeless in Ireland and those aged 18 – 24 account for 10% of that figure.

Fergus Keane manager with the Good Shepherd shelter in Kilkenny – he says reducing social welfare payments for under 25’s is a factor.


Is Irish Nationalism Dead like Dan O’Brien Says?

On the 16th of April, 2017 the Irish Independent published an article by Dan O’Brien entitled “101 years after the Rising, nationalism is dead and gone.” The main argument in the article is that Ireland has become a post-nationalist society and that this will be a stumbling block for unification. The following is a brief reflection on some of the points made in the article, particularly regarding the premise that Irish nationalism is dead.

A Post-Nationalist Republic

We gather that Dan O’ Brien is living in a post-nationalist society. A society in which a United Ireland is a grim, economic calculation rather than a starry eyed ideal. And where the “slumbering beast” of national awakening is regarded as at best a nuisance. What are we to make of this?

Does Dan’s Ireland exist? Is it real? Or is it the figment of his imagination. Is it the confirmation bias of an insulated media caste? To be fair, there is much evidence for this Ireland existing. Ireland is visibly a different place than it was, even fifteen years ago. There  is an up-rootedness, a restlessness, a dislocation that was not there before. There is a feeling of ambivalence, particularly towards the Tiger years and how they ended. Much like the English, the sense that the Irish know themselves is now limited. Displays of patriotism, restricted to sporting events and drinking sessions. The last public concessions to tribalism.

There is a deep ambivalence also towards the pre-Tiger years. The Arts seem to exist for only one purpose now. To tell us how awful everything used to be. To preclude the possibility of a national nostalgia and to keep us in line and on point. Our relationship to our history remains deeply unhealthy.  And in a myriad of ways, national feeling has become difficult or constricted.

The malaise is far from uniform. There are people who are post-nationalist by conviction and are even hostile towards nationalism. Then are people who call themselves nationalists but who are really living within the paradigm of post-nationalism. Sinn Féin are the clearest example of this, having adopted a Left Liberalism that is in practice hostile to a national idea. There are people who take Irish nationalism for granted, who in day to day banter consider themselves patriots. There are people with no political sense whatsoever who nonetheless benefit from a sense of belonging. There are also those who have become weary of nationalism, or specifically the violence associated with it, and have become disillusioned, much in the same way people have become disillusioned with Catholicism.

So there is something to this notion that nationalism is dead and that the nation as a concept may be dying. At least it is fashionable to say so. Fashionable to say we are living in a global paradigm. And yet there is something suspicious about the claim. For the dead man has not yet been mourned. Certainly there is no sign of mourning in O’Brien’s article. So is nationalism dead in Ireland? Or is it inconvenient? Maybe the national idea has simply been shifted into the corner, into the shadows, in the hope that it finally may die.

As was observed last year, and largely agreed upon, the commemorations were inclusive and the events had more of a carnival feel than – by all accounts – did the flag-waving 50th anniversary events of 1966

While there are certainly some darker trends recently in how society and politics interact, most notably in the very low levels of trust in elected representatives and the political system, the rise (or return) of an exclusivist nationalism would not appear to be on the cards. If anything, there is a strong case to be made that Ireland is now one of the most “post-nationalistic” societies in Europe.

Nothing swells the head of an Irishman more than a plea to his exceptionality. The Irish media understand this well.  Nationalism and jingoism we are told are on the rise, but not in Ireland. The media are careful to emphasise this. They tell us we are an open society. It is what defines us. It is a part of our culture, so we are told. Not like those racist English who voted for Brexit. No, in Ireland we have no fear of the Other. We are inclusive. We include.

It’s a easy game. You define Irishness as being “open.” You define nationalism as being “closed.” The two cannot therefore co-exist. You define exclusivity as bad. You define inclusiveness as good. You associate nationalism with the former. You associate liberalism with the latter. And then you watch it all play out.

It is amusing that to a liberal and a globalist, nationalism is always something lurking in the shadows. It is a kind of Other. A kind of Id. Something monstrous and irrational which constantly threatens to plunge an ordered society into chaos. It is associated with darkness and danger. Nationalism, one might say, is the foreign element in a globalist society. What does globalism exclude if not nationalism?

Mass-Immigration and the EU

O’Brien sights two trends as evidence of nationalism’s demise. Positive sentiment towards the EU and apparently positive sentiment towards a mass influx of foreigners. We will address the immigration issue first.

Opinion polls show that there is less hostility to it in Ireland than in most other peer countries and that more people see it as beneficial compared with elsewhere in Europe.

As ever, the media coordinated spectacle of national displacement goes on apace. Every weakness and failure to react is lionised. Ireland bends the knee and gets a cookie. Of course, if the media were so sure of themselves, or so sure of the Irish people, they would certainly behave differently. There would a be full honest discussion of what is occurring. But there is not. In February a iReach poll showed that 47% of Irish adults regarded immigration as a serious problem, and the media went into panic mode.

Another point to make is that Irish journalists are always comparing the Ireland of this minute to the Europe of this minute. How many times have we heard that Ireland bucks a trend or that Ireland is an exception to the rule. The fact is that Ireland quite often lags behind global trends. What is occurring now in other Western European countries will inevitably occur in Ireland. To believe anything else would be arrogant.

It is remarked upon, though perhaps not often enough, that Ireland has been unusual in Europe in recent times in not seeing the emergence of an anti-immigration party. Even more unusually, none of the existing parties believe that there is electoral advantage to be gained by focusing on it.

The strategy towards mass-immigration in this country has been novel from the get-go. The strategy has been to completely ignore it. The strategy in the media and in government has been to maintain a silence. So it’s a bit rich when O’Brien alludes to that same silence, and calls it evidence. For the silence regarding immigration has been institutionalised in the populace. It has been done in the most cynical ways imaginable.

One example illustrates this. Ten years passed between Kevin Myers’ famous appearance on the Late Late Show in 2007 and his interview with George Hook last month on Newstalk. In both cases, warning about the lack of an immigration debate. In those ten years, not one inch of progress was made in that regard. No silence in Irish history has been so deafening.

O’Brien’s second point of evidence is the European Union:

If it is accurate and fair to say that being unenthusiastic about the EU and all its works indicates a more nationalistic world view, while being pro-integration suggests a more internationalist outlook, then this is further evidence of how Irish society has shifted over the decades.

This is somewhat misleading. Poland and Hungary are both strongly Pro-EU and yet both would be considered strongly nationalistic. O’Brien’s simplification on this point may be down to the UKIP/ Brexit paradigm of nationalism that occupies the minds of the Irish intelligentsia.

A Plea for Humility

The demise of nationalism is quite often presented as a positive. The decline of the nation (often cynically conflated with the 19th century nation state) is presented as an inevitable process. Rarely does the mainstream media reflect on the actual consequences. In fairness, the loss of an national ethos is alluded to by O’Brien towards the end of the article. He concedes a small point but an important point.

Arguably, a benefit of nationalism is the sense of solidarity it generates.

That, in turn, creates a willingness to make sacrifices for people and territory considered to be part of the nation. It is very far from clear that such solidarity exists widely in the Republic.

This is putting it mildly. The importance of sacrificing individual short-term interests for the future, is something that nationalism expressly emphasises and liberalism expressly ignores. Peter Hitchens has often made a point regarding religion that might be helpful here. He suggests that secularists overlook the fact that they benefit from the afterglow of organised Christianity. He also suggests that as that afterglow dies away, the real limitations of secular humanism will begin to reveal themselves. This seems like a fair enough observation. It holds in our own society with regard to religion and it certainly holds with regard to national belonging.

The people choosing a globalised Ireland are not choosing it for themselves, but for their grandchildren. They themselves have benefited from an Irish identity, an Irish sense of self, an Irish sense of belonging. Something profound and unique, an ethno-cultural sense of community and a place in the world. There’s an old saying that “he who forsakes the old ways for the new, knows what he is giving up but not what he will find.” The message of this proverb is not simply reactionary but is a plea for humility. And it is humility above all which is lacking amongst those who would be globalists. The hubris and the arrogance of the anti-nationalist position is often apparent.

The tone of Dan O’Brien’s article is hardly arrogant or even dogmatic. But what is disturbing is its banality. The banality with which it dispenses with an Irish nation. Much as one would sweep some dust into a dustpan and throw it in the bin. It is the tone of Official Ireland, which occasionally admits what it is doing and what it intends to do. But it never takes responsibility. It never acknowledges the scale and nature of its own treachery.

Between the 1966 commemorations and the 2016 commemorations, we saw several decades of political violence. Nobody would like to see those again. But throughout Europe, leaders and governments are doing their damnedest, it would seem, to ensure just such political unrest, by making enemies of their own populations. By treating the human condition the way Hitchcock recommended we treat actors. That is, like cattle. So in short, Dan O’Brien better be right. Official Ireland better be right. They better be justified in their complacency. For if they are wrong they will face difficult questions one day. They have told us that Ireland is an exception to global trends. Time will tell how deep that theory goes.

Today the Gombeens and the Shoneens celebrate mass immigration of a million foreigners, mainly Africans and Pakistanis and the like into Ireland. 

The so-called celebrities of our little national broadcaster , unknown anywhere else in the wor;ld, are signalling their virtue as "intellectuals" over everybody else while the government sells out to Soros and the EU in this massive operation to replace the native Irish and bastardize the Irish race.

These jumped - up paddies know no shame at their treachery to the Irish nation. It is they who are responsible for driving out a million Irish over the past decade and replacing them with exploited blacks and coloureds as well as with some of the poorest people from Eastern Europe - shame on therm, shame on our local TDs and councillors too who keep their mouths shut in line with their party whips - we should toss the lot of them out next election for the sell outs they are!

Outside of bastardizing the race by race-mixing and thus disappearing the Irish nation eventually off the face of the Earth, because that's the outcome planned by Soros, Sutherland and the racial planners for a One World of Coffee Coloured people , this traitorous programme is costing Ireland four billions a year, over fifty billions in all so far , second only to what the bank collapse cost us. 

And today you have the far left and their liberal cronies and various treacherous  sidekicks run their so-called "celebrations" at the planned demise of the Irish nation in Dublin ( where else), here in Kilkenny and throughout the country. It's a sad Easter anniversary for the Irish nation once more threatened, this time most severely by its own politicians and media bastards . 

Pearse and his comrades  didn't go out to die for this, in fact Tom Clarke wrote of "niggers" in a derogatory manner while the Easter Rising and the Fight for Irish Freedom was not a fight for rights for any other part of the world or any other people - it was purely nationalist Irish for the Irish and for Ireland itself and for nobody else, and that is the way it has to be again. We have the dregs of humanity flooding in here still, for the past twenty years since 1997 while the Irish are suffering and on the streets and hundreds of people are consigned to hospital corridors , while class sizes are soaring in our schools while the standard of education is going through the floor.

The country is being destroyed before our very eyes with all this lunatic "diversity and inclusion", time to call a halt to it all , stop all the billions of welfare money and look after the Irish people in their own homeland before it's too late. 

The editor of the Kilkenny People in his editorial in the paper this week states that,  "animal cruelty reflects badly on us all" - and that is a false misleading statement. It is a statement obviously made to preserve political correctness in the matter of our relationship with the travelling people, but it is yet not a true statement. 

Several leading citizens have complained to us that this editorial does not, as the learned editor desires, apply to them or to the vast majority of the people of Kilkenny. We are in the majority kind to animals. Indeed there has not been a prosecution in living memory against any burger of this city for animal cruelty. Rather we are known for our love, concern and  kindness towards all animals.

The editorial is amiss too in baldly stating that "the relevant authorities are trying their best with limited resources" - if this be so how then the recent cat cull in this city by none other than "the relevant  authorities" , how then the lack of any active investigation to bring to heel the horse torturers and killers, the  cruel blackguards who tortured and killed the goat and her kid? 
Rather we all know who is carrying out these monstrous crimes and tere should be investigations in the normal way to provide and record evidence. So far we have about the same level of circumstantial evidence as was sufficient to convict Malone in the Central Criminal Court last week, he guilty of the murder of an elderly lady, they of horses and goats. The culprits were seen with the horse that died - just as Malone was seen with the lady in question soon  before her death. 

We ask the learned editor of the KIlkenny People one telling  question - how can "we make animal welfare top of our agenda", as he writes,  when their killers are allowed to roam free with impunity ? 


Sunday, 16 April 2017 13:06



by Michael McGrath, Kilkenny city. 

The Sunday Independent today castigates the authorities for allowing bail to John Joseph Malone in the matter of the  Nancy Smyth  murder - however officers who dealt with him originally told the editor of the Kilkenny Journal back then, with whom they were socialising,  that the evidence against him was insufficient to lock Malone up as there was no prima facie evidence against him. And indeed this is true to this day as he was convicted on circumstantial evidence last week.

My friend the late Detective-Sergeant "Danny Boy" Dan Nolan at that time told me that they didn't have evidence strong enough at the time to hold Malone. D/S Nolan held the view that there was some hearsay evidence against Malone but that it was neither reliable or substantial at that time, thirty years ago. The fire had destroyed all evidence at the scene, there was no forensic evidence at all - and the last chance of any evidence at all was destroyed when Mrs. Smyth's remains were washed by well-meaning staff at the mortuary of St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny, to the consternation of the investigating gardai.

So it wasn't the fault of the gardai that Malone remained at large for thirty years. Detective Sergeant Nolan was amongst the best detectives in the country at the time.  It was often said of him that he should have been promoted higher in the force, he was that good on the job. As we say Malone was finally convicted on circumstantial evidence but gardai were not to know what would have been the mind of the jury and their ultimate decision last week to convict malone.

It could easily have gone the other way so the local police authorities, including the local DPP state solicitor,  are blameless in this case as they never had any prima facie evidence in this case. It is as simple as that. You can't lock a man up for long on suspicion alone in this country and that is only right. The gardai were on to him fast , though, when he started threatening witnesses and had him locked up on remand in prison  then on two occasions until he undertook to stop threatening and interfering in the case. That's the best any officer could do. 

Here is the Sunday Independent side of the story that we feel is being far too severe on the gardai who finally brought John Joseph Malone to justice for a callous and cruel murder thirty years ago., judge for yourselves: 

  • Killer evaded prison despite admitting to OAP's murder

  • Violent criminal strangled widow then set her house on fire to hide his callous deeds but still managed to evade justice for 30 years


KILLER: ‘John Joe’ Malone Picture: Courtpix1KILLER: ‘John Joe’ Malone Picture: Courtpix
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

April 16 2017 2:30 AM

The Kilkenny man convicted of murdering a 69-year-old widow 30 years ago was repeatedly given bail despite threatening witnesses and even stabbing his own brother after admitting the murder.

John Joseph 'John Joe' Malone (52) only had his bail revoked shortly before his three-week trial in the Central Criminal Court began after a third instance of witness intimidation.

After being charged and released on bail in 2012, Malone had his bail revoked twice but was released on appeal by order of superior courts. It was only after the third threat to a witness shortly before the trial that the Central Court finally revoked his bail and he remained in custody for his three-week trial.

Malone was sentenced to life in prison last Thursday for murdering Ann 'Nancy' Smyth over what is believed to have been a trivial argument over a racing pigeon trophy in September 1987.

The trial heard that Malone had told several people in Kilkenny, mainly while he was drunk, that he murdered Mrs Smyth at her cottage home on Wolfe Tone Street in Kilkenny city before setting her home on fire. In almost every instance he threatened those he had confessed to.

Witness Jude Curran described how Malone visited his house in 2010. He claimed Malone picked up a large knife and stuck it into the kitchen table. Mr Curran said he had found this behaviour threatening.

Malone had witness statements from the prosecution case, which is normal procedure in criminal trials, and visited the people who had made statements against him.

The trial heard from Malone's brother, Barney, who said that in November 2006 Malone came to his house with three bottles of cider, sat drinking in his kitchen and confessed to murdering Mrs Smyth. Barney Malone said that he put his brother out of his house and told him to not come back. He said Malone left but returned around two hours later.

"When I answered my door, I never saw the knife that he drove into me, that brought me to my knees," he said. "He came back to kill me because he had slipped up badly."

Malone was convicted of the stabbing but received only a suspended sentence.

Evidence was given by a neighbour that on the night of the murder, September 11 1987, Malone had been shouting and threatening to kill Mrs Smyth. He was in and around the front of the widow's house for half an hour 'roaring and shouting' and shortly after he left, the fire was seen by neighbours. Mrs Smyth was found in her living room. A post-mortem showed she had been beaten and strangled.




Kilkenny man becomes youngest person to be awarded Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award

Walter O’Brien, who has been hailed as the ‘Irish Bill Gates’, is the founder of Scorpion Computer Services


A Kilkenny man has become the youngest person to be awarded the Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award at the Unite 4 Humanity Gala.

Walter O’Brien, who has been hailed as the ‘Irish Bill Gates’, is the founder of Scorpion Computer Services and has frequently been called on by the US Government and Federal Court System for his expertise.

He grew up on a farm between Callan and Kilmanagh and started his own company at the age of 13.

He’s also the subject of US television series, Scorpion.

Amongst the charities he’s involved with is Kilkenny’s Taxi Watch, which sees drivers trained to help people with suicidal thoughts.

It’s run by Derek Devoy who says that Walter was vital to there setting up and running.

Friday, 14 April 2017 10:12


Ireland Is Facing an Unnecessary Death

On the 10th of April, 2017, an article by Niall O’Dowd was published in the Irish Times. It was titled  “Irish America is facing an unnecessary death.” We have decided to highlight this article as it draws attention to certain contradictions in contemporary Irish discourse regarding the nature of who and what is Irish. What is implicit and unspoken in this article is the real practical significance of ethno-cultural ties and identification.

In the article, the author decries the certain demise of Irish America. This demise is certain as a consequence of the “lack of a replacement generation of Irish-born immigrants.”

As the impact of first-generation immigrants from Ireland fades, it becomes more important that those of Irish lineage, but not directly from Ireland, become engaged in Irish culture and community.

‘Irish America is facing an unnecessary death’ — Irish Times, 10 April 2017

What does O’Dowd mean by this statement? Is he making a supremacist or racist remark? What does it matter if people of Irish descent in America lose their identity or cease to be a fixture in American life? What does it matter if they no longer replace themselves? Well, the answer that O’Dowd gives is simple. Money and power.

The importance of Irish America is presented by O’Dowd, largely in economic and geopolitical terms. The attachment of Irish Americans to a “home country” benefits Ireland. It makes us richer and more powerful than we would otherwise be. America is the bank vault in which we have deposited generations of our youth. Sad indeed if we could no longer dine out on the interest. “Irish lineage” is the extension of this relationship beyond the first-generation immigrant. “Irish lineage”, for O’Dowd, represents the monetisation of ethno-cultural ties. Ties which unfortunately are weakening.

Clear evidence of a weakening of the bonds and recent events have confounded the community in the US, however.

Chief among them was the decision to drop for 2017 the Irish birthright programme based on the Israeli programme which has brought 400,000 young Jewish teenagers to Israel since 1999.

O’Dowd draws an interesting comparison between the Israeli birthright programme and the Irish birthright programme which he tells us has now been dropped. But he leaves the implications unstated. For instance, the Israeli programme is viable, in one sense, because the Israelis are not embarrassed to make a claim to belonging on the basis of ethnicity. The Irish on the other hand have increasingly distanced themselves from an Irish ethnicity. It is over five years since our Citizen Ceremonies began and over one hundred thousand people, from some one hundred and seventy different countries have been granted Irish citizenship.

More than 100,000 persons from over 170 countries have become Irish citizens since citizenship ceremonies were introduced in 2011.  We now have people from over 199 countries living in Ireland and the changing ethnic, linguistic and faith-based composition of our population presents many opportunities and challenges to policy-makers, institutions and local communities.

In contemporary Irish discourse, these New Irish have a far greater claim to being Irish, than those “Plastic Paddies” across the sea. O’Dowd expresses bafflement as to why the nascent programme was scrapped in 2017, despite “incredible enthusiasm among Irish American families” who still view Ireland as the “keeper of the flame.” So where does the confusion really lie? Within ourselves? Or perhaps within our State apparatus?

Perhaps O’Dowd would do better to examine the notion of homeland itself. After all, it’s difficult to market Ireland as a well from which our people spring, the Mother Country of our broad diaspora, while at the same time we dispense Irish citizenship to all comers. Do we expect Irish Americans to value something that we no longer value ourselves, that something being the primal ancestral connection to a Mother Country. And let’s not forget, that was the phrase used by Michael Collins when he wanted to justify the Irish claim to a sovereign territory.

I made it quite clear that Ireland was A MOTHER COUNTRY, with the duties and responsibilities and feelings and devotions of a mother country.  This simple statement had more effect on the British delegates than all the arguments about Dominion status, or all the arguments basing the claim of our historic nation on any new-found idea.

If we wish to define a Mother Country the Merriam Webster definition will suffice.

1.  the country of one’s parents or ancestors; also :  fatherland
2. the country from which the people of a colony or former colony derive their origin
3. a country that is the origin of something

And that brings us to the headline of the Irish Times article, penned by O’Dowd or the editorial staff of the Irish Times. “Irish America is facing an unnecessary death.” Indeed. The article posits that Irish America is dying, 1. because of a lack of replacement immigration, 2. because of a neglect by the Irish State and 3. because of general demographic changes in the United States.

Ireland is the keeper of the flame for tens of millions of Irish-Americans, that flame will flicker and die in generations to come unless the Government and its successors wake up to the threat.

The halcyon days of the Kennedys, Clinton and Joe Biden are gone.

The lack of future emigration after the 1965 Act effectively closed out the Irish, and that has really begun to bite.

It is somewhat ironic that O’Dowd refers to the 1965 immigration act, often associated with Ted Kennedy, as a factor in the decline of Irish America. The Act which led to the liberalisation of American immigration is something that we are usually taught to view positively. And if the Irish had a role to play in that, we are usually taught to view it proudly. Indeed the only people who complain about the 1965 immigration act are those generally termed “supremacists” and “racists.”

However that is not the message of this Irish Times article. The message of the article is very cool and pragmatic. It tells us that demographic changes have consequences and that those consequences may not be positive. Indeed they may be detrimental. It also informs us that ethno-cultural ties matter and have huge political implications. Further, it reminds us that these ties extend intergenerationally and that Mother Countries make claims of loyalty and emotion on their diaspora.

The death of Irish America within a few generations is indeed a real concern. But a much greater concern is the death of Ireland itself due to similar forces. We must understand that when we project future population figures of ten or so million people and drool over the market potential of such, we are talking about the destruction of an Irish ethnos and an Irish culture. For no culture and no ethnos and no Mother Country can survive such a seismic displacement.

Want to talk pragmatism? Let’s talk pragmatism. Irish America is a resource upon which we have drawn historically. We have done so on an ethno-cultural basis. There is no other rationale for Irish America other than the belief in Ireland as a Mother Country. And if Niall O’Dowd sees fit to mourn the child of the mother, that being Irish America, then let him mourn the mother of the child on the same basis. That is if he is not too embarrassed to do so.


Thursday, 13 April 2017 21:29


Congratulations to Kilkenny Gardai who pursued Malone for this  murder for  thirty years . Hopefully this will spur on the Gardai to re-investigate other cold case. People out admiring the new bridge tonight at the Harriers run through Kilkenny city welcomed the verdict wholeheartedly , some even remembered poor Nancy Smyth as we stood on the bridge just up the road from her house in Wolfe Tone Street. 

The victim's family have waited for thirty years for justice, and because it took so long it's doubly welcome.  The victim's family will make a statement later.  Our sympathies go to the Malone family too, members of which, including his brother and his wife ,  helped to convict him with their witness statements in court. 

Meanwhile John Joseph Malone commences a life sentence, which on average can be about 16 years in Ireland today . 

It's great to see a cold case solved. We have to thank the long arm of the law:


Mr. John Joseph Malone of Newpark, Kilkenny city , has been found guilty of the murder of a 69-year-old lady Nancy Smith  in the cold case trial of a thirty -year-old murder at Wolfe Tone Street , Kilkenny. 

This goes to show that even after thirty years a man can go to jail for life in Ireland - it sends a mess age out to all those who may think they have gotten away with murder. We expect a lot more cold cases after this. 

Thus the jury's verdict in this case is to be welcomed with open arms. We look forward to Malone's sentencing as all across Kilkenny do as well.  This has made our day!

More later as further news comes in ....

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