St Patrick

Canon J.John | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Canon J.John

As a missionary Patrick baptised thousands of people. Being a missionary was not an easy task for him and he wrote how his life was at risk, and how the local pagan chiefs sometimes imprisoned him. But he knew his call was from God, and he remained in Ireland.

18 Brilliant Irish Phrases We Should All Start Using

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Comedy

As Dara O'Brien once noted... And with St Patrick's Day upon us, we can think of no better time to learn a few such words and phrases. From 'fe...

A St Patrick's Day Bingo Card

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Comedy

Our definitive guide to what to watch out for this St Paddy's Day. Whoops, there's one to cross off already! SEE ALSO: 20 Legitimate Reasons To C...

ON ... Saint Patrick's Day - the Best Excuse to Act the Eejit

Martin Treanor | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Martin Treanor

The day usually starts with a text or email session to everyone we think might be Irish, or even bothered - then there's the rummage around to find your one, single piece of green clothing.

ON ... UPPER CASE - Rest in Peace

Martin Treanor | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Martin Treanor

Words became no more than practicalities, an idle invariance when the unbearable stresses of pressing the 'SHIFT' button, or scribbling a capital became too much to shoulder for those with another thing on their mind, such as texting, or reality television, maybe both.

ON ... Okay then, but Where's My Flying Car?

Martin Treanor | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Martin Treanor

I'm very grateful for all the gadgets mankind has invented - many of which were speculated in the minds of the Science Fiction visionaries (Trekkies do love their Bluetooth headphones, oh and flip-phones), I am however more than miffed some of my favourites didn't make it.

The Kid With The World's Best Irish Accent Is Shocked By His Success

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Comedy

Ruairí McSorley is the most famous Irishman on the internet at the moment, racking up a ridiculous amount of hits on a clip of him talking about the ...

This Supercut Of Movie Characters Saying 'I'm Irish' Shows Up Plenty Of Hollywood Prejudices

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Comedy

Are you a drunk with a name that's hard to spell? Congratulations! According to Hollywood, you must be Irish... SEE ALSO: 'Let Her Go' - The Mo...

The Union Has Changed, But Northern Ireland Remains Unchanged as the Pork-Barrel Sectarian Principality

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The Union abides. Change is afoot, utterly. Scotland gets more power. England evolves. Wales will do its thing. Change is afoot - Except in Northern Ireland.

Peter Robinson: 'No Longer Fit for Purpose'

Brian John Spencer | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

We're left with a leader that is devoid of leadership capacity, lumbered with the charisma of a damp rag, the vision of a mole and all the on-camera tact of a 14 year old pubescent man-child. A sepulchral sod. Goodness knows the manner off-camera. So let me say it again, it's the man, not the House, who's no longer fit for purpose.

Hey Irish America! Arthur Guinness was a Protestant, a Unionist and Irish and British

Brian John Spencer | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Irish America needs to go buy a book and learn some history. They don't have a baldy notion. Here's some context...

Am I Living in Ireland or Iran?

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Because I'm from Northern Ireland, support the Union with Great Britain and identify myself as a cultural Protestant, I can't be a proper Irish person. That my friend is racism, jingoism and xenophobia - defined.

Movember, Mullets and 14th Century Irish Legislation

Matt Lacey | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

"Someone outlawed the moustache?" You say, flabbergasted and spitting coffee into your walrus whiskers like a Boer-war general. Well, yes they did. Let me bring you back to 1366 in Ireland, a country in a state of near-continuous warfare controlled by a slew of regional warlords.

Why Brits Still Don't Get the Irish

Christopher Jackson | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Christopher Jackson

Comedy shows like Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Eight Out of 10 Cats have all had British comedians mocking the Irish, normally on account of Dara O'Briain or some other 'Paddy' being present.

The Young Irish Reporter Forging a Career in the Bible Belt

Marcus Liddell | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Marcus Liddell

Over 4000 miles from Sheffield and a year after departing South Yorkshire, James Mahon is ploughing a lone furrow as an Irishman on TV news in America...

On Not Being Racist

Genevieve Shanahan | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Genevieve Shanahan

Racism is not something we get to fix, once and for all. Racism is not something we get to opt out of. To imagine it is is to vastly underestimate the way in which our culture is steeped in bigotry.

Northern Ireland: Not just a pretty accent

Shannon Kendall | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Shannon Kendall

Belfast. The capital of Northern Ireland. Indeed, a home from home some may say. Intrigued, admittedly, by the rumoured mass drinking culture within this renowned city, I visited last week, duty free alcohol in one hand and a 'wee' Irish phrase book in the other.

My Date With the President - Dublin in Style...

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tetteh

Never before have I felt so welcome in a stately residence, or even in my mum's house, than I did at President Michael D. Higgins sprawling mansion for afternoon tea.

On ... The True Facts About Saint Patrick - As Every Irish School-kid Knows Well?

Martin Treanor | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Martin Treanor

He was about eight feet tall, and arrived - walking - by sea on a pebbly shore somewhere around county Down, wearing a big, big long green and gold robe (which made him float across the Irish Sea like a Dalek), and a green and gold pointy hat on his head (teacher says it's a mitre) because he was really smart and needed room for his brain to grow.

Critic on Stage: Dancing to Our Own Beat

Clare Wiley | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clare Wiley

This week was the last dance rehearsal before I take to the main stage of the Lowry in Manchester, captivating an audience of 2,000 with my balletic grace and elegant style. Just kidding, it's actually an audience of 100 in the venue's smallest studio and I'll be dancing with an umbrella.

Are You 'Bread' the Irish Way This St Patrick's Day?

Paul Rankin | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Rankin

Do you call your mother mammy? What does "sucking diesel" mean? Are you a flame haired warrior princess or prince? If you know the right answers to these questions you could be more Irish than you think! And now all you St Patrick's Day revellers can find out, just in time for the big day!

Irish YouTube Sensation Rubberbandits in Shock BBC Jimmy Savile Revelation

John Fleming | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

I thought it would be jolly to chat to Rubberbandits for this blog, because I thought there might be a chance they would pay me money in a belated, after-the-event bribe to win the increasingly prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Award.

On the Down Side of New Year Resolutions - or Where do All Those Christmas Cookbooks Go?

Martin Treanor | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Treanor

Statistics point to the second week in February as the date most people start to slide with their New Year's Resolutions, sometimes the third week - if the thing to be given up is a not to difficult one, like eating expensive, luxury chocolates, or juggling fiery sticks.

Belfast Riots Are the Symptom of a Community Left Behind

Brian John Spencer | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The ugly scenes of rioting that have returned to Belfast's streets 14 years after the signing of the peace agreement are a sorry sight. But they tell a story of poor political leadership and of a demographic section of society left behind.

Is Northern Ireland Ready For Abortion?

Emma Campbell | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Campbell

Northern Ireland is known for its history of religious and state conflict; a recent scar that most of us living here would wish healed. So strange then that the group most disregarded during the Troubles, yet vital to its peace process, i.e. women, should be the subject of unity between the extremes of both Catholic and Protestant religious voices this week