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’.
Posted on August 31, 2014
The Challenge this week – to link two photos that ‘speak’ to each other. Tricky!
Anyway here goes. From MB’s Sudan trip last week –
Two Western ladies, wearing fashionable designer labels, meet a dreadlock-haired Sufi Muslim man in Khartoum. Moments later the Sufi man is dancing with fellow Sufis, all wearing cloths that date back a thousand years, and some!
Posted on August 29, 2014
MB arrived at Khartoum airport in dark of night. Read More
Posted on August 28, 2014
I have followed a blog called ‘don of all trades’ for two years or so. The writer is a policeman living and working near Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was recently shot to death by the local police who have come in for lots of criticism especially from the local black community. He is decent guy and his post of last week went viral in blogging circles. Nice piece. MB
Originally posted on don of all trades:
I followed a trail of blood up the concrete steps as Deja vu overtook my thoughts.
I’d been here before, just a few short months ago, doing the same exact thing, following a trail of blood to an open front door.
As was the case then, on this night there had been another call for shots fired heard coming from the street.
A trail of blood, an open door and no body to be found.
Just like last time, the person was taken to the hospital by a friend, so we wait to hear from the hospital when they make their mandatory call about somebody coming into the emergency room with bullets in their body.
As I was checking the house for another injured or dead person, I couldn’t help but notice that the house was exactly as it had been before.
There was no furniture in the living room…
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Posted on August 26, 2014
Posted on August 26, 2014
MB sits in a ground floor apartment just down the street from the Embassy of Saudi Arabia. In Khartoum, Sudan. Continent of Africa. Read More