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Shite'n'Onions Podcast# 66 - 999 Years of Irish History (part 1)

Battle of Clontarf

The Prodigals - Boru's March

Ceann - Blame The Viking

1014 is the best place to start Mustard Finnegan’s history of Ireland. It that year Brian Boru defeated the Danes. For hundreds of years, Ireland was known as the Isle of Saints and Scholars – the image of monks in monasteries; smoking pot, lovingly illustrating copies of the gospels, praying and guiding the heathens in Europe outta of the Dark Ages. Though not  all of that is necessarily the true Ireland. Ireland was made up of a bunch of small kingdoms with kings more like Afghan warlords or the Bloods and Crips – I’m the king of from here to that rock over there and I’m gonna steal your cattle and run back to my ring fort. Ireland had big problem with the Vikings. The Vikings were a bunch of dudes from Scandinavia with helmets with horns sticking out of them who loved to vacation in Ireland and plunder the Irish monasteries and murder the monks. After a few hundred years of this the Vikings started to stay around and started, like all the cities in Ireland and meddled in Irish politics (bit like the EU these days).

Brian was an ambitious sort of fella and conquered one Irish kingdom after another and made them pay tribute to him (this is not like Michael Jackson's Tribute, Brian would take hostage of the kid of the lesser kings and if the lesser king didn’t do his bidding and pay taxes and send solders when Brian needed them then that was the end of the young fella). Once the Irish were under his heal he went after the meddling Vikings of Dublin. Coming face to face for battle on Clontarf beach on Good Friday 1014 – the Irish warriors kicked serious Viking ass along with kicking the asses of the Dublin Viking’s mates from the Isle of Mann and Denmark - many of whom after the beat down drown in Dublin Bay trying to escape the Celtic axemen starting the long tradition of pollution in Dublin bay. Unfortunately, for Brian, who being wicked old (he was about 73) and was praying in his tent as the battle rage so he did not notice a sneaky Viking who snuck up on the big B and buried an axe in Brian's back and that was the end of him.

Vikings. Horny fellows coming to rape and pillage comely Irish maidens

The Norman Invasion

Belfast Andi - Irish Ways Irish Laws

After 1014, Ireland went back to it petty warlords fighting with each other over this bit of bog and that sheep over there and all was good and dandy until a woman got in the picture. In 1167, Diarmait Mac Murchada (that’s Murphy in English), King of Leinster (the east bit of Ireland) ran off with Derval (the woman in question), the daughter of the King of Meath (the rich bit of Ireland in them days and these day) and the wife of Tighearnán Mór Ua Ruairc (Terry O'Rourke in English), King of Bréifne (a strip of fields and bogs that ran from Meath to Sligo these days called Leitrim). Tighearnán was pissed of course and with the help of the High King, Rory O’Conner, they ran old Diarmait outta the country. Diarmait being a schemer and a general a-hole approached a Norman Knight called Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke also known by the name Strongbow (Strongbow is much more Knightly and Ciderish name, Richard de Clare sound more like the name of the owner of chain of ladies hair saloons). Diarmait promised Strongbow his daughters hand in marriage, who by all accounts was a pretty hot chick as well as succession rights as King of Leinster if he’d help him out. Strongbow not having much going on as King of England when not hammering the Scots was beating up on his own Knights, took him up on the offer and arrived with his mates (Fitzgerald, Fitzgibbon, Burke, Butler and Prendergast) and the best in 12th century military technology gold pieces could  buy. Shortly there after Diarmait was back being King of Leinster but over olf England, old Henry II didn’t like the idea of one of his knights becoming a king of anything and setting up a rival kingdom so he called up the Pope and asked for the OK to invade Ireland (of course this is the one time the Pope is a bloody Englishman) and once permission given Henry arrives and declares himself Overlord of Ireland.

Diarmait does the dirty deed dirt cheap

Strongbow gets the girl and the Kingdom

The Pale and Beyond

 

Blood or Whiskey - Follow Me up to Carlow/Holt's Way

BibleCodeSundays - Clew Bay Pirates

The Dreadnoughts - Grace O'Malley

We can skip ahead to the 1590’s now, the Norman Knight have gone native (more Irish then the Irish themselves) and the English rule is now pushed back to the general Dublin Area – known as The Pale. Ever heard the expression “Beyond The Pale”? Meaning being outside proper behavior, well that was where the wild Irish lived with their new Norman mates, fighting with each other over this bog and that bog and the odd goat.

One of those Chieftains was a woman called Grace O’Malley,  the Pirate Queen who was so fearsome that she show up bare breasted in Queen Lizzy's court in London to demand the removal of the Queens representative in Connacht.

Grace O'Malley telling Lizzie 1 to stuff it.

The Flight Of The Earls

Black 47 - Red Hugh

Queen Elizabeth was a tough old boot in her own right and took a leaf outta ol’ Brian’s book raising the sons of the Gaelic Chieftains in her court. One of these lads was Red Hugh O’Donnell of the Tyrone. Hugh and his mate O’Neill of Ulster (The O'Neills are the oldest and biggest family in Europe, there is something like 3,000,000 descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages the original Neill running about, the O' meaning descended from, talk about virile) played a good game with the Queen. When in her court they played along by English rules and when back home in Ulster they did what ever they bloody pleased. But Lizzie's henchmen in Ireland keep pushing in on O’Neill and O’Donnell business and enough to piss’ em off that they stopped playing the game and rebelled. The Irish chieftains were able to push the Perfidious Albion almost out of the country but were finally defeated a the Battle of Kinsale in 1601 – Kinsale is as far as you can get from Ulster, being on the south coast in Cork. O’Neill and O’Donnell and most of the other O’s fled the country for Spain and that was the end of Gaelic Ireland.

Red Hugh O'Donnell not looking so red

The Plantation Of Ulster

Being traitors to the crown, all of the land of the O'Neill and O'Donnell went to the crown who decided that the best way to control the Irish was to get rid of ‘em and replace ‘em with good English protestants - this was after the reformation off course.

"Here's a health to the Protestant Minister And his church without meaning or faith For the foundation stones of his temple are The bollocks of Henry the Eight" - Brendan Behan

This plan didn’t work out so well as most of the smart English with ambitions for advancement went to the America’s and stole the Indians land so in Ulster the numbers had to be made up with low class, lowland Scots. The Irish got kicked out and the planters got the good land (and the natives the views).

 

Cromwell in Ireland


Flogging Molly - Tobacco Island

The Fisticuffs - Young Ned of The Hill

The 1600's was an ugly time to live in Ireland. When the civil war broke out in England the Catholics of Ireland, Gaelic and Old English supported the cause of Charles I and took the opportunity to try and get their lands back from the planters – much slaughter followed. With the end of the war in England and Chuck's head on a spike Cromwell turned his eye on Ireland and took revenge in the Irish for rebelling and waged holy war on the population. Cromwell was by far the biggest Fu#ker in Irish history, his soldiers laid wasted to much of the county, butchering the citizens of Wexford and Drogheda when the garrison of those cities didn’t surrender fast enough. When he didn’t murder you, then he transported you to Barbados to your death as a slave in the sugar plantations or worse to Connacht and eternity as a bogger. Allegedly Rihanna is descended from one of those Irish transported to Barbados.....I told you Cromwell was a fu#ker. Cromwell eventually dies (of malaria of all things) and the Stuarts are back on the throne of England. Cromwell's body exhumed, hung, drawn and quartered.

Ollie Cromwell, Lord Protector and general bastard. Warts'n'all

 The Battle Of The Boyne

Roaring Jack - The Old Divide And Rule

Hugh Morrison - Ye Jacobites By Name

Prydein - Minstrel Boy

The Tossers - Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye

The Stuarts were bad new. It would have been in everyone's favor if Guy Fawkes had his way......BOOM! Things calmed down under Chuck II but there are problem when his brother Jimmy II replaces him. Well wee Jimmy was a Celtic support and the England parliament, Huns. They manage to live with him until a son was born and then they realism  the Catholics won't be going away. Jimmy is given short shift and exiled to France with his daughter Mary and her Dutch son-in-law William of Orange put in his place. Jimmy II raises any army with the support of the King of France and sales for Ireland to join up with his Irish supporters.

James II and William of Orange (only one of these guys was was in Poison)

James manages to set back peace, love and understanding 1,000 years in Ireland when he lays siege to the walled city of Londonderry. The siege is only lifted when Williams ships arrive with solders and supply's . The two sides play cat and mouse for a little while and finally meet on the banks of the river Boyne on July 12th, 1690. James' French and Irish army verses Willies Dutch, German, English troops. William wins and James runs away. The most ironic thing about this is the bad history that still abates- the brethren up in Ulster regard this a a victory over the Pope and Popery, yet the Pope was playing politics here not religion and supported the protestant William and most of Williams army was Catholic - the Pope was trying to stick it to the French. With Jimmy gone, the Irish fell back to Aughrim under the command of Patrick Sarsfield, defeat followed and then on to Limerick. The City of Limerick was put under siege (that it still needs to clean up after) but William didn't want to wait it out and offered a fairly decent treaty - join me or go to France and join the French army. The Irish took the French route and spent the next hundred years dying on the battlefields of Europe for the ungrateful French. With Willie back in England and Sarfield and his men dying for France. The over loards in Ireland we left to their own devices to introduce the penal laws.

Patrick Sarsfield

Patrick Sarsfield

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Irish revenge for Limerick at Fontenoy

"Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach!" – "Remember Limerick and Saxon Perfidy"

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Shite'n'Onions Podcast#65 A Tribute To Ray Kelly of  The Mickey Finns

This past Thursday the Irish rock and roll family had lost a great brother. Singer, song writer, guitar player and front man of the Mickey Finns passed away suddenly. It saddens us to report news like this as it’s never good feeling to lose a member of this tight knit community of singers, songwriters, artists and fans. Ray Kelly was quick with a smile, always willing to chat and had one of those personalities that would light up a room. Going to a Finns show was always a joy, between the band members there was such a closeness you could tell they all really loved what they were doing and who they were doing it with. The passion in each and every song was always highlighted by that raspy brogue Ray bellowed the lyrics through.

Ray leaves behind an impressive body of work with The Mickey Finns and his previous bands including The Prodigals. It does leave a giant hole in this fans heart though that his signature guitar picking and distinct voice will never again be heard. From loving his live shows to playing Mickey Finns CD’s so much I was afraid I was going to burn a hole through it, I was hooked by the style sound and energy they put into every song.
Although he may have passed, he is still with us in our hearts, prayers and thoughts. Not wanting to mourn I say we should celebrate his life, his work and share it with someone new. I am sure with the hole in our hearts over this loss we can fill it with fond memories of shows and experiences involving Ray. Take the time to go to The Mickey Finns facebook page and share stories of him and leave them some much needed love. He was a great man and artist who touched so many in his life, remember him well, raise a glass to his name, remembering he’s not gone if he’s in our hearts and minds.

Cheers Ray!

Brian Grady

The Mickey Finn - It's Not The Whiskey
The Mickey Finn - The Ballad Of Duffy's Cut
The Mickey Finn - Tanks And Barbed Wire
The Prodigals - One True Cause
The Prodigals - Dreaming In Hell's Kitchen
The Mickey Finn - Devils & Dust
The Prodigals - The Immigrant

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Shite'n'Onions Podcast#64 The Best of 2012

Podcast #64 freatures tracks from our best of 2012 list. Full list at www.shitenonions.com

Sharks Come Cruisin' - Blow-the-Man-Down - Hardtack EP Murder
The Stout - Six O'Clock Swill - 6 Thrack EP
Lexington Field - Selfish Bastard Poor Troubled Life EP
Auld Corn Brigade - Our Flag - Our Flag EP
Bastards On Parade - Shallow Waters- Shallow Waters EP
Circle J - Diggers - Diggers EP
Nick Burbridge & Tim Cotterell - Last Train Home - Gathered
The Smokey Bastards - My Son John - Tales From The Wasteland
Handsome Young Strangers - Lachlan Tigers - Here's To The Thunder Lads
Jamie Clarkes Perfect - Beatboys - Beatboys
Greenland WhaleFishers - JulyMorning - Live At Farmer Phil's Festival
Greenland WhaleFishers - Limp Jos Story - Live At Farmer Phil's Festival
Bill Grogan's Goat - Danny Boy - Second Wind
Bill Grogan's Goat - Cam Ye O'er Frae France - Second Wind
Kilmaine Saints - Go On Home British Soldiers - Drunken Redemption
Kilmaine Saints - Battle Cry - Drunken Redemption
The Langer's Ball - Mackey's Daughter - The Devil or the Barrel
The Langer's Ball - Whiskey Chaser - The Devil or the Barrel
The Mahones - Shakespeare Road - Angels & Devils
The Mahones - The Revolution Starts Now - Angels & Devils
The Radiators From Space - Morning Dew - Sound City Beat
The Radiators From Space - Head For The Sun - Sound City Beat

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