Dublin will always be at the heart of U2’s story. After all, it’s where it began. Take a pilgrimage through the city and soak up some rock and roll inspiration
50 million albums sold, an all-time record of 22 Grammys, and some of the biggest tours of all time: just a few of U2’s many accomplishments. They’ve travelled the globe, they’ve performed in packed stadiums all around the world – but their heart belongs in Dublin. It’s where U2 was formed, and their connection runs so deeply with the city that they cite Dublin as the inspiration behind their hugely successful album, Songs of Innocence (nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album).
Where it all started
Of course, to really get in touch with U2’s story, we have to go back. Way back, to a classroom in Mount Temple Comprehensive thirty-nine years ago…
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Is this the most chemically complicated drink in the world? Victoria Gill attempts to unlock some of the mysteries of Scotch malt whisky
- The finely-tuned process of Scotch whisky production is governed by its own law – the Scotch Whisky Act
- There are 92 malt whisky distilleries in Scotland, and each one has a slightly different process – with different stills, malts and casks for maturation
- Under the Act, Scotch whisky must be matured for at least three years, during which time the spirit reacts with compounds in the timber casks
- Chemists continue to study the complex effects of dilution on the sensory perception of whisky flavours
When I worked in a tiny Edinburgh pub, I occasionally incurred the wrath of the regulars when the water jug sat on the bar wasn’t at room temperature by the time they wanted their whisky. So I’ve long been eager to…
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Today on November 25, 2016, we all heard of the passing away of Comrade Fidel Castro, former President of the Republic of Cuba and First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba. Since the victory of the Cuban revolution we have seen illiteracy been eradicated from Cuba. Raul Castro announced in a brief speech that: “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 [EST] this evening.” Under the leadership of Comrade Fidel Castro, Cuba have also developed a free universal healthcare system against all odds. Not only did it become unique where Cuba have researched and developed cures and medicines that no other country have, and that other countries want, but it is one of the best in the world. Progresses in areas such as healthcare, education and energy sustainability are now in world class, despite the US embargo. CIA have targeted Cuba…
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During the 1990s, Justin Barrett and Michael Quinn were leading members of the militant anti-abortion group Youth Defence.
They were arrested together, along with six other Youth Defence associates, during a violent picket in May 1998 outside the Adelaide Hospital in Dublin.
Both men, while retaining links with Youth Defence, went onto become dedicated and committed far-right activists.
Though the two have dropped out of public activity, it is still useful to trace their political careers. Also pose the question as to why such a number of leading Youth Defence members have become active in right-wing politics ranging from Catholic Irish Nationalism to White Power neo-Fascism.
This is especially ironic in the wake of the recent video from Youth Defence (23 September 2016) that links the slogan and campaign to ‘Repeal the 8th Amendment’ to slavery, the Holocaust and segregation in the United States.
Justin Barrett was born in Cork city in 1971. He was fostered when he was…
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