A mosque in Tralee has been targeted in a graffiti attack with the words “Islamic State out” as gardaí in Cork confirmed they are treating the appearance of a Nazi slogan over a social welfare office as a potential incitement of hatred incident.
The death of former French president Jacques Chirac will be greeted with mixed emotions internationally but his stature will endure in France. Even when convicted in 2011 of corruption during his time as mayor of Paris, he retained a deep affection in the hearts of French people.
The epic battle for the bridge at Arnhem, as depicted in the blockbuster 'A Bridge Too Far', saw the Allies aim to end the war by Christmas 1944, but failed as a huge airborne assault force failed to take the last bridge across the Rhine. In an extract from his latest book 'A Bloody Week',tells the story of one of the hundreds of brave men from Ireland who gave their all to the Allied campaign
A book lent to me before the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII on September 1 was Dark Times, Decent Men: Stories of Irishmen in World War II. They from the North and South of Ireland and were in the British army, navy and the RAF and armies and merchant navies of the USA, Canada, Australia etc.
Our world is as it is, or at least was, because of people like Alan Turing, the mathematician and computer pioneer who cracked the Nazi’s WWII Enigma code. That achievement gave the Allies a significant advantage, one they made great sacrifices to keep secret. One estimate suggests his work shortened the war by four years and saved up to 21m lives.
For the generations born in Ireland since the end of the Second World War it is understandably difficult for some of them to envisage the state of public opinion on the issue of Irish neutrality during WWII.
One wonders will the world’s political leaders assemble in Christchurch, New Zealand, in solidarity with the victims of the horrific mosque killings last Friday as they did in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris in January 2015?
WHAT are you dressing up as for Halloween? Our extended household is using it as an opportunity for catharsis, a high colonic for the head, for flushing out all the hideousness that’s been flowing in front of our weary eyes so far this year (not that this year is near over, but we’ve had ten months of crap), writes