Robert McMillen Blog

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Karine Polwart interview

  Karine Polwart is one of those people who, it seems, is an infinite seeker after the truth and who has the God-given talent to wrap that truth up in a package of words...

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Zoe Conway and John McIntyre

While the blades of a police helicopter whirled noisily in the grey skies above the Black Box, inside was a thing of beauty and light. Belfast has long been a bipolar city and Saturday showed...

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British Belfast

“I burned all along the Lough, (Neagh) within four miles of Dungannon and killed one hundred people, sparing none of what quality, age or sex soever, besides many burned to death; we kill man,...

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Reilig Urnaí

TÁ siad ann a deir leat nár chóir baint na páirt bheith ag duine le facebook mar níl ann ach daoine ag cur síos ar an bhéile dheireanach a bhí acu. Tuigeann siad go...

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What Amazon knows about me…

Amazon sent me an e-mail today suggesting some books I might like to buy. Top of the list was Downfall: How Rangers FC Self-Destructed by Phil MacGiolla Bháin, the story of the meltdown of the...

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Gerry Diver’s The Speech Project

  This Sunday will see an amazing piece of avant garde traditional music – yes there is such a thing – when Gerry Diver’s Speech Project ends its Irish tour with a performance at...

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The Playboy of Armagh

  The Playboy of the Western World – what’s the point? This was probably an impudent first question to ask someone who had been expending blood, sweat and tears preparing for a run of...

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The Plough and the Stars

  If Sean O’Casey is up in Socialist heaven, he is probably looking down at Ireland and saying “I told you so. Have ye not seen The Plough and the Stars?” Well, the Abbey...

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Speak dating

The wonderful centre culturel irlandais in Paris is organising Irish classes once again, and they’re also running a Speak Dating linguistique. Using the same principle as speed dating, English and French-speaking twosomes will converse...

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Liam Mac Aindréis, ealaíontóir

Ealaín don phobal trí phriosma Gaelach  Saothar Liam Mhic Aindréis, Ealaíontóir agus Gael (1913 – 1996) le Liam Andrews Rugadh m’athair, Liam Mac Aindréis, mac le Sarah Cooke agus Edward Andrews, ar 14 Meán...