From Lenin to Limerick and Beyond

The October Revolution of 1917 in Russia sent shock waves across Europe and inspired the creation of soviets (or ‘workers’ councils’) in countries like Germany, Hungary and Italy. The Revolution, and the ideas that inspired it, had effects even as far away as Ireland. In the city of Limerick, on May Day 1918, ten thousand …

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To end Homelessness, we must amend the Constitution

Today’s news that seven thousand people are homeless in the State means that the protection given to private property in Article 43 of the Constitution needs to be curtailed immediately. Otherwise, the politicians are left powerless to intervene against the prevailing market forces that are determining this unacceptable outcome and are forced to fall back …

The day Frankie Walsh brought the McCarthy Cup to Mount Sion

I still remember the day early in October 1959 when Frankie Walsh – along with the seven other Mount Sion men who backboned that year’s Waterford winning team – brought the Liam McCarthy Cup to our school, Mount Sion CBS. He walked in the gate from Barrack Street and was immediately mobbed by hundreds of …

The night the GAA ‘Scór’ competition went badly wrong

Scór is the GAA’s special competition for the promotion of traditional music, song and dance among its members. The intensity of competition for county, provincial or All Ireland titles is no less intensive than in the field games like hurling and football. A misguided attempt a while back to give our own local club a …

The Class of ’67… that Summer of ‘67

Fifty years ago this Summer, the boys – the young men – of the Leaving Cert class of Mount Sion CBS, in Waterford, were not too pushed about happenings in the wider world - like Flower Power, Sergeant Pepper or Vietnam. Our main focus was on getting through the examination. A few days before the …