THE BEST MATERIAL to read on St Patrick's Day lasts longer than the daily papers because it's written on Richard Delevan's blog or seen through Mick Fealty. Delevan's perspective as a journalist and as an American in Ireland helps to unpack the mess known as the "Peace Process" in Ireland. Those living in Ireland often tune out the noise from the peace process because it's so much of the same incantations, month to month. To really solve the underlying problems, generations will have to move along in their memories, their thinking and their posturing. Fealty carries a blow-by-blow descrption of everything related to Northern Irish politics, easily reduced to mobile-friendly size. It's essential reading for third year students at Tipperary Institute as they try to unravel media messages related to Ireland.
Today, the best set pieces are in the States, where the sisters of murdered Robert McCartney have an audience in the White House, up front at several gala events and in the quiet hallways of Congressional offices.
The Irish blog news ticker shows the following pieces on St Patrick's Day 2005:
- Technorati cosmos for "Robert McCartney" stands at 787 posts.
- Slugger: "Desperation and dirty tricks"
- Eamonn Fitzgerald-- "Wetting the shamrock"
- John Smyth: "St Patrick might have scratched his back against this rock."
- Maura McHugh is searching for a 2000-3000 word story.
- Sean McGrath points to the future of programming Hint: NetBeans..
- Justin Mason is filing his taxes.
- Laura has given up work for Lent.
- The O'Shaughnessy family has freshly made soda bread.
- Caoimhe is thinking about buying an iPod.
- Conor McGarrigle is getting ready for the anti-war protest in Parnell Square, Dublin. George Bush had planned to invade Iraq on St Patrick's Day two years ago.
Mick Fealty -- "'Be very careful': McGuinness"
Niall O'Dowd -- "Irish-Americans still bank on Sinn Fein leader"
Richard Delevan -- "'By Friday, McCartneys will be very old news'"
Other Irishblogs including my listing of Irish blogs.
General listing of St Patrick's Day in Dublin. If you cannot go but want the images, you can buy quality shots from Photosales.
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