Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Blogging and the 'national conversation'

The Taoiseach is in the mood to celebrateI echo the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's sentiments that Irish people ought to begin a "great national conversation on what it means to be Irish, on the values we hold and cherish" in light of the upcoming 90th anniversary celebrations this Sunday.

I don't regard myself as a big blogging enthusiast but I do feel that this is an area the the medium of blogs is ideal for - communication.

Engaging with people from various backgrounds and challenging views. That's the great strength of blogging.

Lately on United Irelander there has been a 1916 theme in the run up to this Sunday and already there have been opinions on the Rising from unionists, nationalists, hard-line Republicans and from people all around the world.

Such a "great national conversation" can indeed be conducted in the Irish blogosphere and here's hoping there will be alot more conversation as we count down to this Sunday.

Sticking with that theme, seeing as my effort to get guest posts from readers has been such a massive success (cough), I am now looking for articles on the 1916 Riisng if anyone is interested in contributing some. It doesn't have to be in support of the event, it can be a critique of the event.

If anyone is interested in offering up such an article, email it to:

unitedirelanderfeedback -at- yahoo.com (change "-at-" to "@")

Go raibh maith agaibh.


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