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Old 12-06-2016, 09:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Four Green Fields: Trollheart's History of Ireland

Another year comes almost to a close, and yet another Trollheart journal hits the section! Perhaps I'm trying to make up for the time I was away, but this idea just came to me and I want to try it out. It will be pretty unique for the Journals Section – I don't think anyone has done this before – and though it will be hard work I think it could be both fun and educational. So welcome, one and all, to

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If Irish people go abroad, they're generally welcomed more than, say, English people. You're heard speaking English in a foreign country and they say “English?” and you shake your head and say “No, Irish.” Immediately there is a change in attitude, and you're more welcomed. Why is that? Well, part of it certainly has to do with our amazing sports supporters, the rugby and especially soccer fans who follow the national team when they're in international competitions such as The World Cup or the European Championships. Their impeccable behaviour abroad, compared to some (cough) Russia (cough) has earned them the deserved respect and love of just about every country they visit. They are a credit to our nation, without question. There has never been, to my knowledge, a single instance of one Irish fan being involved in any trouble in all the time they've been travelling supporting their country. And given how we Irish are known for drinking, that's damned impressive.

Another reason though could be that, to totally simplify things, just about everyone (with the possible exception of the English) love us and identify with us because we are a small country that has been occupied for most of our history. We have never made war upon anyone, we have never invaded anyone (couldn't remain sobre long enough to do so probably! ) and therefore we are not seen as an oppressive nation, unlike Britain, Germany and the USA among others. We have only been an independent, free country for less than a century, which makes us a very young country in comparison to most of the rest of the world, and we have been on the receiving end of occupation, oppression, injustice and discrimination.

However, all is not rosy in Irish history, far from it. Without any means to invade other countries, without a standing army or anything even close to a navy, trapped on our own little insular island for thousands of years, we Irish have in the past typically turned to fighting ourselves. Clan chief fought clan chief, territories were disputed, civil war erupted and of course we had “The Troubles” for over thirty years. So I began wondering what Irish history was like, and having been very interested in it while at school, I thought I'd like to explore the story behind my native country.

I'll therefore be looking into the very beginnings of Ireland with the ancient Celts and Druids, the Viking invasion, the Norman occupation, everything up to the Easter Rising and the eventual procurement of freedom when we became a free state in 1923. I'll then be going on from there, to meet up with the present, where, after over eighty years of freedom and self-determination we handed back our sovereignty to Europe in return for an IMF bailout caused by greedy bankers. This will be, simply put, the entire history of Ireland, which is deeper and more interesting than many might think, and is littered with treachery, betrayal, wars, tragedies and a struggle for freedom that would take centuries to eventually achieve. Like most countries, it's a story of heroism and failure, or cowardice and reversal of fortune, of strength and honesty and belief and faith, and it has its heroes and its martyrs while standing alongside those are its traitors and its villains.

I'll be using multiple sources, and will include any relevant music I can find, but overall this will be a written journal, not a music one, and perhaps the first one to focus solely on history, and within that, the first to concentrate on the history of one small country. It will obviously take a long time and will be a work in progress, but as ever you're all welcome to join in and comment.

Which just leaves me to issue the traditional Irish welcome: Cead mile failte (A hundred thousand welcomes) and hope you enjoy what I write here.
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Old 12-06-2016, 10:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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One of my tutors is Irish and she's just so upbeat and happy all the time, and her accent sounds so friendly. Yorkshire people are friendly, but she takes the cake.
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Are you not happy until the entire first page is filled with your journals? Jesus.
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I just wanna hear the story about how you people invented whiskey. Not sure I trust this source...


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The Scots invented whiskey.
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I mean, there's also the fact that this isn't even a music journal, or anything related to media. Just your own personal journal about something you care about. Seems odd to me, but that's your choice.
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It sure is. There's no rule against writing a non-music journal. Mondo used to do one about drugs. I have one about mythology. Meh. If you don't like it or agree with it, don't read it. Simples, as the meerkats say.
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**** rules for journals. If we had them I wouldn't have been able to make a comic journal.
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And Mondo wouldn't have been able to entertain us with his travels...
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