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Thom Dunn / 7:02 am Sat, Aug 22, 2020 Thom Dunn talks about Irish-American culture and identity on the Motherfoclóir podcast.
I”ve written here before about Irish language and identity stuff, but my friend Darach Ó Séaghdha was kind of enough to have me onto the popular Irish podcast Motherfoclóir to talk at length about diaspora, assimilation, colonialism, and the cultural embarrassment of Plastic Paddies with gross green beer and shitty “St.
Patty”s Day” parties.


apathy of the irish / colonialism / diaspora / gaelic / ireland / Ireland & Overseas Acquisitions / irish / irish republicanism / irish republicans / irish-americans / motherfoclóir / northern ireland / podcast / podcasts / Republicans.
Xeni Jardin / 6:11 am Fri, Jun 19, 2020 Watch: 40 Irish women artists sing ”Dreams” by The Cranberries to raise funds for domestic abuse victims.
In this amazing music video, 40 women musical artists from Ireland perform ”Dreams” by The Cranberries to raise funds for SAFE IRELAND, which supports women and children affected by domestic abuse.
change / child abuse / domestic abuse / domestic violence / Entertainment / ireland / irish women / Make a Difference / music.
Xeni Jardin / 6:50 pm Thu, May 21, 2020 Irish beekeeper”s Covid Lego Beehive is fully functional, and houses 30,000 bees.
• Ruairi O Leocháin of Athlone Wildlife Apiaries decided to make a lego beehive “just for a bit of craic” A beekeeper in Ireland put their coronavirus quarantine time to good use by crafting an elaborate, fully functioning beehive out of LEGOs.
beekeeping / bees / coronavirus / creative / fun / ireland / irish / lego / legos.
Thom Dunn / 7:00 am Wed, May 20, 2020 The Cork City Dump is a haunted graveyard of your childhood.
Irish radio DJ Elaine Howley posted this on Twitter the other day: The teddy display at Cork City dump has always been strong but it is reaching new heights — Elaine Howley (@potentialprez) May 18, 2020 Which lead me to discover that, yes, this stuffed animal display like a terrifying hybrid of Toy Story […] SHARE / TWEET / 8 COMMENTS.
cork / ireland / one man”s trash is another man”s treasure / stuffed animals / teddy bears / town dump.
Thom Dunn / 7:45 am Wed, May 6, .

2020 Irish repay a 170-year-old favor to Native Americans affected by COVID-19

My Irish ancestors all came to America between 1847 and 1849 — during the time of An Gorta Mór, the Great Hunger, when the British Empire hoarded all the food they were producing on colonized Irish land and left the native people with nothing but diseased potatoes to survive.
This plight resonated with the Choctaw […] SHARE / TWEET / 14 COMMENTS.
coronavirus / COVID-19 / famine / ireland / irish / native americans / solidarity / trail of tears.
Xeni Jardin / 2:06 pm Sat, May 2, 2020 Sheep farmer in Dublin gives himself haircut in COVID-19 lockdown the Irish way.

“Lighten the load.” SHARE / TWEET / 32 COMMENTS

Coronavirus / COVID-19 / covid19 / ireland / irish / lockdown / quarantine

Thom Dunn / 9:00 am Mon, Apr 6, 2020 Elf-shooting is a disease from which cows suffer.
From a 1938 school book transcribed by the Dúchas Project, the digital archives of the National Folklore Project at UC Dublin: Elf-shooting is a disease from which cows suffer.
They are supposed to have been hit by a piece of flint thrown by a fairy.
The cow lies down moaning.

Her eyes get swollen and […] SHARE / TWEET / 14 COMMENTS

cow / cows / elf-shooting / faerie / fairies / folklore / ireland / irish.
Rusty Blazenhoff / 5:37 am Wed, Mar 18, 2020 Webcam proof: Irish pubs in Dublin shuttered up, streets are empty, on St.
Patrick”s Day.

I took this EarthCam screengrab of Irish pubs in Dublin just before 11 p.m

on St.
Patrick”s Day.
What”s wrong with this picture.
See more empty streets from around the world over at Reddit.
coronapocalypse / dublin / empty streets / ireland / slainte / st patrick”s day.
Xeni Jardin / 4:56 pm Tue, Mar 17.

2020 Coronavirus in Ireland: Leo Varadkar”s St Patrick”s Day broadcast (video

full text).
• Taoiseach addresses Ireland on St Patrick”s Day to warn of coming hardship • Today: 354 cases confirmed in Ireland • Predicted: 15,000 Covid-19 cases in Ireland within 2 weeks On what he called “A St.
Patrick”s Day like no other,” Ireland”s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned the nation that the expanding “crisis will last months […] SHARE / TWEET / 9 COMMENTS.
coronavirus / COVID-19 / ireland / News / outbreak / pandemic / st patrick”s day.
Thom Dunn / 6:25 am Sun, Mar 15, 2020 A free short story about Irish history to read while you”re quarantined over St.
Patrick”s Day.
I wrote An Baile na mBan: a story of mothers, monsters, and war a few years ago for an anthology called Hidden Youth: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History.
Originally published by Crossed Genres Publishing, the anthology focused on sci-fi/fantasy stories of adolescent protagonists from historically marginalized communities from before the 1920s.

This story […] SHARE / TWEET / 6 COMMENTS

faerie / fantasy / fiction / historical fiction / ireland / irish / short fiction / short story / speculative fiction.
Thom Dunn / 7:00 am Tue, Jan 7, 2020 Irish people have a very strange understanding of “pizza”.
I”ve been a fan of Blindboy Boatclub since I first discovered “Horse Outside,” his hit(?) song with the Rubberbandits (and later, by complete happenstance, ended up staying at the same hotel that”s featured in the video).
His podcast consistently delivers a random, rambling ménage à trois of weird knowledge, cultural connections, empathy, and utter hilarity, .


anchovies / bad pizza / blindboy boatclub / ireland / Ninja Turtles / pizza / post-colonialism / rubberbandits / You wanna pizza me.
Thom Dunn / 9:28 am Sat, Oct 26, 2019 Examining the generational loss of ancient Halloween traditions.
Halloween, like many modern American holidays, is a kind of mashup of different cultural traditional traditions rooted in the autumnal harvest, and some kind of celebration or connection with the spirit world.

You see it in Mexico with Dia de los Muertos; and in pre-Christian Ireland

it was Oíche Shamhna (“Shamna” being the genitive form […] SHARE / TWEET / COMMENTS.
cultural appropriation / day of the dead / faerie / generation loss / halloween / ireland / irish / irish holidays / podcast / remix culture / samhain / spooky.
Thom Dunn / 5:45 am Tue, Oct 8, 2019 The colonialism behind fantasy”s vaguely Irish Elves.
Motherfoclóir is a delightful podcast about language and linguistics as they relate to Ireland (“foclóir” being the Irish word for “dictionary,” and thus completely unrelated to that homophonic English-language word you”re surely thinking of, c”mon).
While that might seem like a niche topic outside of the Emerald Isle herself, a recent episode tackled something that”s […] SHARE / TWEET / 40 COMMENTS.
anticolonialism / colonialism / elf / elves / fantasy / ireland / irish / J.
Tolkien / language rights / linguistics / podcast / rpgs.
Cory Doctorow / 5:39 pm Sun, Aug 18, 2019 Congrats to the winners of the 2019 Hugo.
Kowal, Wells, Cho, Harrow, Chambers, AO3, Liu, Dozois, Wolfe, and more!.
The 2019 World Science Fiction Convention is being held in Dublin, and tonight, the con presented the annual Hugo Awards, voted on by the attendees and supporters of this year”s con.
dublin 2019 / happy mutants / hugo awards / ireland / science fiction / worldcon.
Seamus Bellamy / 6:00 am Mon, Aug 12, 2019 The traditional music of the world would die without risk-takers like Martin Hayes.
Damn near every region in the world has a well of traditional music that they”re able to draw cultural water from.
Some musical traditions are better known than others.
Most folks have likely heard Tuvan throat singing, but aren”t able to put a name to it.
I can”t count the number of subway stations, .

Markets […] SHARE / TWEET / 3 COMMENTS

Brooklyn Rider / cultural heritage / ireland / Keeping a culture alive / Martin Hayes / traditional music.
Seamus Bellamy / 4:11 am Thu, Jul 25, 2019 Stefan Murphy”s Dry Cider rings on about the sort of days I hope I had.
I have a hard time remembering my younger years, but I want to believe that I had days like the one that Stefan Murphy (AKA The Mighty Stef and, from time to time, Count Vaseline) describes in Dry Cider.
If you dig this song as much as I do, .

Help a fella out by giving […] SHARE / TWEET / 5 COMMENTS

Bandcamp / indie music / ireland / Stefan Murphy / The Mighty Stef.
Cory Doctorow / 8:56 am Sat, Apr 6, 2019 Airbnb guest uses network sniffer to find hidden webcam, Airbnb finds no wrongdoing.
Airbnb has a hidden camera problem: Airbnb hosts keep getting caught using hidden webcams to spy on people staying in their unlicensed hotel-rooms, and while the company proclaims a zero tolerance policy for the practice, the reality is that the company tacitly tolerates Airbnb hosts who engage in this creepy, voyeuristic behavior.
airbnb / cctvs / creepy / infosec / ireland / nz / port scanners / surveillance / unlicensed hotel rooms / voyeurs.
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