Posted on October 1, 2014
Posted on September 30, 2014
What a week that was. And we’re only half way there! Read More
Posted on September 26, 2014
Posted on September 25, 2014
Posted on September 20, 2014
In 1167, the King of the Irish Province of Leinster (Diarmait Mac Murchada) was deprived of his kingdom by the High King of Ireland (Ruari O’ Connor). The reason for his dismissal was his abduction of the wife of The King Of Breifne (Tiernan O’ Rourke) in 1152. In an attempt to retrieve his Crown & Kingdom, Diarmait turned to the Norman rulers of England for help.
King Henry ll, the Norman King of England, landed with a large fleet at the Viking city of Waterford in 1171, becoming the first King of England to set foot on Irish soil. The Norman Knights (Norman, Welsh & Flemish) had arrived in the two preceding years with Henry’s permission to reestablish Diarmait as King Of Leinster. A force of 600 soldiers arrived in May 1169, and another 1,000 under the The Earl of Pembrook (better known as ‘Strongbow’) arrived in August 1170.
Thus started the political, military & economic relationship between Ireland & England. Things would never be the same again. Read More
Posted on September 19, 2014
Posted on September 18, 2014
First & foremost, let’s start with the band.
MB shot this short very
blurry arty video to give you all a flavour of the music and crack at the wedding in Khartoum – where the Blue & White Nile rivers converge (zero relevance to the wedding or the music ladies – just geographical knowledge). Listen also for the high pitched shrieks from some the ladies present at approx 50 seconds – called ‘ullulation’. They are doing so to honour the bride or groom:
Posted on September 12, 2014
Posted on September 8, 2014
From MB’s Sudani trip of two weeks back. On the outskirts of Khartoum:
Posted on September 6, 2014
Arrived home just in time to catch the French street theatre company called Royal De Luxe perform in Limerick city today. Today’s event is part of a year long programme following Limerick’s designation Irish City Of Culture 2014. Read More
Posted on September 4, 2014
MB was chased by a bunch of young Sudanis through a poor Khartoum neighbourhood shouting ‘Khawajha, Khawajha’.