Giant arborvitae, Lough Key

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George Hook And The Entitlement To An Opinion

Cunning Hired Knaves

Everyone may be ‘entitled to their opinion’, whatever that means, but not everyone is entitled to a national radio slot where they can spout misogynist garbage.
Rosa Luxemburg is often quoted as saying that ‘Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.’ Her preceding sentence was ‘Freedom only for the supporters of the government, only for the members of one party – however numerous they may be – is no freedom at all.’

George Hook is a cheerleader for Ireland’s ruling party Fine Gael in a very literal sense: he does warm-up speeches for them at their conventions. He is one broadcaster on a radio station owned by a billionaire media magnate who got his big break after greasing the palm of the Fine Gael Minister for Communications. On the whole, the radio station itself, as with the rest of the billionaire’s media interests, is anti-worker…

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A Landlocked Lighthouse

Tower of Lloyd, Kells, Co. Meath. #toweroflloyd #kells #meath

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‘An 18th-century lighthouse folly in the form of a giant Doric column, surmounted by glazed lantern, erected to the memory of Thomas Taylor, 1st Earl of Bective, by his son. Roughly 100 ft. high, the tower was used to view horse racing and the hunt in the nineteenth century. The plaque on the tower reads: “This pillar was designed by Henry Aaron Baker Esq. architect was executed by Mr. Joseph Beck stone cutter Mr. Owen Mc Cabe head mason Mr. Bartle Reilly overseer Anno 1791.”‘ Archiseek

Caol, Beck, Burnie, Ffrwd in Fore

Neolithic Coding on the Hill of Tara