There is a moment while watching 1917 when you realise you have not breathed in quite some time. At least it certainly feels that way, such is there lentless, heart-stopping momentum of Sam Mendes’ epic war film about two young soldiers who venture across enemy lines to deliver a message that could save hundreds of lives.
The racist chanting from Bulgarian fans directed at some England soccer players at the recent European championship qualifier match in Sofia was roundly criticised by the English FA and by Fifa, the world governing body of football.
"Whilst looking at letters, diaries and books written by cancer patients around the world — which are highly emotional things to read — what comes across from reading them is that these people are in a constant state of hardship and survival, facing huge challenges"
"I thought it would be a good thing to follow John Redmond’s words. I thought for my mother’s sake, her gentle soul, for the sake of my own children, I might go out and fight for to save Europe so that we might have the Home Rule in Ireland in the upshot. I came out to fight for a country that doesn’t exist, and now, Willie, mark my words, it never will.”
As businessman Sean Gallagher enters the race for the Áras for the second time, consideration should be given to changing the date of the presidential inauguration which has been set for Sunday, November 11. The date is determined by the fact that the the term in office of Michael D Higgins ends on November 10 and the ceremony for the new president is traditionally held the following day.
I was intrigued by Ruth Dudley Edwards statement during the the Prime Time debate on RTÉ 1 on Wednesday, 23rd March, when she said that she was proud of the 240,000 Irishmen who had fought in WWI saying that they saved us from terrible consequences that would have ensued if Germany had won the Great War.