Internationals in the Irish Civil War

A part of Scottish life for 200 years, Scotland’s Irish community has also been part of the global Irish diaspora during that time. As such it has played a role in the transnational movements associated with the campaigns for various forms of Irish independence. This was vividly illustrated during the 1916 Rising when Volunteers travelled from the west of Scotland to join the rebellion.

This article is a short history of the revolutionary involvement of those members of the Scottish unit of the Irish Volunteers who fought in Dublin in 1916.

What follows below is a short history of the revolutionary involvement of those members of the Scottish unit of the Irish Volunteers who fought in Dublin in 1916, through the guerrilla campaign by the Irish Republican Army [IRA] against the British from 1919-21 and during the Irish Civil War that followed the split in the IRA over the Treaty with the British government.[2]

These sixteen are a small proportion of the roughly 250 Irish Volunteers in Scotland in 1916. This latter figure rose to around 2,500 by the time of Truce between the Republicans and the British in 1921.[3] According to Gerard Noonan roughly 250 members of the Scottish Brigade of the IRA fought in the Irish Civil War on the pro-Treaty side and five died. While roughly 50 fought on the Republican side.[4]

Of course, these figures are dwarfed by the numbers who fought in the Great War. Elaine Mac Farland states that 30,000 Glaswegian Catholics were in the British armed forces in 1916.[5] While Géraldine Vaughan quotes a figure of 15,000 Irish Catholics from Scotland for 1915, that is before conscription had been introduced.[6]

Given that around a fifth of these men had joined Irish Regiments, and that these regiments were heavily involved in British efforts to supress the Rising, it is possible that there were more Glaswegian Catholics voluntarily fighting for the British than against them in Dublin in 1916. Stephen Coyle lists three Crown Forces fatalities of the fighting with Glasgow addresses.[7]

Ireland’s Recent History – Instagram, Teeth Whitening and more!

You might be surprised to hear that the desire to have whiter teeth is not some new fad of the 21st century. You would think this considering how vein our society has become in the last 20 years or so. This is down to a number of things but social media has a been a huge factor in this.

The rise of Instagram in particular has been thousands of now famous “Instagrammers” who make a living off of taking photos of themselves. When typed out that seems absolutely bizarre but none the less it is true. Ireland is no different and we to have fallen into this narcissistic society.

Gym membership has gone through to roof which is a good thing but it is more for the look than the health aspect. To go with this industries like teeth whitening are also booming according to Glorysmile.ie who have reported huge growth in the last few months. 20 years ago guys would not have had their teeth whitened or gone to tanning beds but now it is socially acceptable.

Is this leading to the death of our culture as we all become more and more like the USA? There is an argument for both sides. Of course the Irish culture has diminished rapidly in the last 20 – 30 years. Due to the boom known as the Celtic Tiger we lost our ways in the success that we secured.

It was the first time Ireland has seen such financial success and we did not handle it well by any means which meant that a lot of people took huge losses in the following decade from 2008 when the recession hit Ireland hard. We did not prepare for the bad times in the good times and this should be a lesson learned as again our economy looks to be getting good again.

We hope that great organisations like the GAA will keep a strong hold on Irish culture and so far they have done a great job. Money can lead us down the wrong path but they have kept true to their roots and we hope this continues so we have a strong Irish culture going forward.

 

 

How far Ireland has come?

As 2018 nears its end and we are coming close to celebrating 100 years of independence it is amazing to think just how far our little country has come. Of course being Irish we are biased but we have had a huge impact on the world and that is without invading any countries or any sort of powerful military moves. hundreds of thousands of Irish are now in the UK and it is said that after Dublin, London has the second most Irish people in the world. We then also have millions of citizens in the US with Irish blood especially in cities like Boston, New York and Chicago.

In recent years countries like Canada and Australia are extremely popular destinations for Irish to go and work for a year. Sometimes this is done out of necessity such as when the recession hit us bad in 2008 and other times it is just out of a sense of adventure. New Zealand is another destination that has become popular although not as much so as Australia where the major cities are overrun with Irish. I am not sure if we are seen as a good presence in these places but I believe we are.

Back home Dublin is thriving again and is fast becoming the biggest tech hub in Europe. Dublin has transformed from an old mistress into a thriving cosmopolitan city. Dublin now is unrecognizable when compared with even 25 years ago. We now have the Luas which is the light rail system, the M50 bypass  and lots of employment. Now the tables have turned with many people coming here for work.

The roads have improved tremendously and we have a good bicycle lane network which is well used as well as seeing things like electric scooters and hoverboards being used as a commute to work. Who would have thought all of this 25 years ago? Long may it continue and I dare say no other nation has had a big an impact on the world than Ireland without any sort of military conflict. Ok the USA is the worlds entertainment industry but per capita Ireland still wins!!

 

Irish History Today From The Civil War To The iPhone

Ireland as a modern state is very very young and it is quite easy to forget that, especially in the last 20 years we the country has really started to boom. I think it is fair to say we have come a long way. The 1916 rebellion is pretty self explanatory in that it was in 1916 and here we are in 2018 and how so much has changed. I suppose this is fair to say of any country considering the technology boom and to think that even 20 years ago we did not have popular items such as the iPhone or personal computers.

To think that less than 100 years ago the country was in a state of civil war with the anti treat IRA opposing the new government forces to which the stand off at the four courts in Dublin city was the center focus. The British famously loaned the new Irish government two 18 pounder artillery pieces which the government eventually had to use on the anti treat IRA as they refused to surrender.

Thankfully the civil war was not as bloody as many other ones that have happened since then around the world and it was really just a few small battles as neither side wanted to be killing their countrymen after being at war with the British for so long…our old enemy!

Today the country is again booming after an 8 year long recession that was world wide. There will always be periods of boom and recession and the smarter of us will make arrangements for the depressions during the boom times. The so called Celtic Tiger thought us that we should not get carried away during the good times and I think that is a lesson many have take on board. Now our country is a tech hub with Apple moving more and more jobs here and small companies sell iPhones for sale in Ireland something that would not have been possible 20 years ago.

Best Kodi Android TV Box of 2018?

Ok so 2018 is still young as we write this post in late February but already there has been a few big changes in the world of Kodi and android TV boxes. Kodi is not on version 17 which is known as Krypton and it is getting more advanced with each version. Android is now on operating system 7 which has had some problems but we will leave that for another post. It is important to point out that every android TV box can run Kodi but they won’t all be able to run the same the same.

android boxBoxes with a lower spec will struggle to run Kodi even though they are advertised as Kodi TV boxes. Kodi is a very heavy resource hogging app and trying to run it on a lower spec TV box is not the best idea. Sure it will work but it won’t run as smooth as you would like and as Kodi begins to run updates in the background everything will slow down or worse yet crash regularly.

We would always recommend a box with a quad core processor to run Kodi on or better yet an octa core processor android box. A box such as the T95Z Plus sold by www.androidtvboxes.com.au which has an octa core processor and runs on android 7.1 is very recommended and has become one of the most popular boxes on the market.

So buyer beware and like with everything in life you get what you pay for. A good box with a quad core processor will be no means break the bank and might only cost you about $150 so it is worth paying the extra little bit to get a better quality box that will run smoothly and not end up in the bin.

 

Turn Any Television Into a ‘Smart TV’ With an Android TV Box

Smart TV is one of the popular applications of modern day science and technology. A smart tv is basically a hybrid TV from where you can watch your regular television channels, and you can get some other important applications as well. Like with the help of a smart TV you can connect to the internet, or you can get access to different social networking sites. But the problem is not every person can afford a smart TV box because buying a smart tv can cause a hefty strike on your pocket. And you may not be comfortable with it.

Smart tv boxSo, if you have a limited amount of budget and if you are looking to get most of the features of a smart tv then android tv box is something which can be really ideal for you. This box is available at a much lower price compared to other smart TVs, but it can provide you most of the features of a smart tv.

With the help of an android smart tv, you can get a full display of android on your tv screen. And you can get many benefits of the Android operating system on your tv with the help of this box. So now you can understand that this particular box can be really helpful for you if you want to turn your TV into a smart tv and all at a very cheap cost.

What you can do with an Android TV box:

As discussed earlier, an android tv box can give you almost all the features of android on your tv. Like you can watch different movies or different sports shows with the help of an android box, and you don’t have to pay a dollar to subscribe to it. So you are getting all those features pretty much for free. With the help of an android tv box, you can get access to some other important features as well like you can browse through the internet whenever you want, or you can connect with different social media as well. And the most important point is you don’t have to pay any extra money for internet subscription tv. You can connect your laptop or mobile with your tv in case if you want an internet connection on your tv.

The setup process of an android tv box is also not so difficult. All you have to is connect that android tv box with the proper power source and then you have to connect it to the HDMI port of your tv. If your TV does not have any HDMI ports, then, unfortunately, android tv box won’t support on your TV.

How to get an Android TV box?

As android tv box is getting quite popular in recent times, so, finding an android tv box won’t be a big problem. You can find it from any popular online stores, or you can get it from any physical stores as well. But before buying it, you have to make sure that the box is functioning properly.