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  1. Fintan O’Toole: Brexit: Ireland and the English Question

    As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, it has become ever clearer, not just that Brexit has profound consequences for Ireland, but that Irish issues have profound consequences for Brexit. Ireland is strongly committed to remaining in the EU, and is thus set to become its only English-speaking member state.

    After Britain leaves the EU in March 2019, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will suddenly become a major international frontier. The peace process that culminated in the Good Friday Agreement 20 years ago has made the border largely invisible. This has been a crucial contributor to the normalising of life on the island of Ireland. But Brexit threatens to bring back a hard border — a development all sides say they abhor but no one seems to know how to avoid. This is why the Irish question has become the single most important factor in shaping Brexit. As Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland wait for Britain to provide an exit strategy, tensions are rising. How can Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic prepare for Brexit? Can Northern Ireland reject Brexit and fight to maintain EU ties? How will these EU-related decisions affect relations between the two? And what does this problem tell us about the crisis of English identity that has led to this extraordinary moment in the entangled history of Ireland and Britain? Fintan O’Toole, historical writer, political commentator, and columnist for the Irish Times, will discuss the consequences Brexit may have for Ireland.

    Fintan has won both the European Press Prize and the Orwell Prize for his writings on Brexit and his book Brexit: The Politics of Pain will be published in November. While in the Bay Area, Fintan O’Toole will also join 15 visiting writers and poets from Ireland at the third annual Irish Arts & Writers Festival, Los Gatos. Fintan will read from and sign his new highly informative and entertaining book, "Judging Shaw", at Montalvo Arts Center, Friday Oct. 12th. More info at www.irishartsfestival.com

    SPEAKER: Fintan O’Toole Journalist, The Irish Times

    MODERATOR: Jane Wales CEO, World Affairs and Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, The Aspen Institute

    For more information about this event please visit: http://worldaffairs.org/event-calendar/event/1891

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  2. Why Ireland split into the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland

    A brief overview of the history of Ireland and the events that led to the political division of the island.

    Including: the Norman and Tudor conquest of Ireland, the break away from the Roman Catholic Church, the Union of the Crowns, the various Irish Rebellions, Oliver Cromwell’s effect on Ireland, Irish joining the Union, the Irish War for Independence, the following Civil War, and the recent violence in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles.

    MUSIC: "Lord of the Land" by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/)

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  3. Churchill and Ireland

    He lived in Little Lodge in Phoenix Park, the house next door to the Viceregal Lodge where his grandfather, John Winston Spencer Churchill was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

    Lord Randolph Churchill -Winston’s father was the Private Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant and Winston Churchill later described the years when he lived there between the ages of two and six and he described these years as the happiest of his life.

    Winston Churchill always took a great interest in the ‘Irish Problem’ and despite being an advocate of Irish unity and Home Rule, as one of the signatories of the Treaty in 1921, Churchill was instrumental in Ireland’s Civil War.

    Of 1916 Easter Rising he said, “The grass soon grows over a battlefield, but never over a scaffold.”

    Kevin B. Nowlan examines Winston Churchills links, attitudes and political dealings with Ireland with commentary from his father Randolf Churchill.

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  4. How the Irish created the great wines of Bordeaux (and elsewhere)

    I confess, quaffing a Lynch-Bages or a snifter of Hennessy, I have wondered how it is that such fine upstanding Irish names come to be associated with cognac and claret. There my wonderings ended, until a recent visit to Ireland, where, in Cork and Kinsale, I found answers. Starting in the 17th century an intrepid band of Irish emigrants set out first for France, then the rest of Europe, and ultimately almost anywhere wines are made. And almost everywhere they went, the Irish diaspora had an impact on wine-making that belies the idea that the Irish know only about beers.

    The story is a complex one, built on tarriff wars, free trade and political union, with a touch of religious persecution thrown in for good measure.

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  5. The Camels Were ‘Impossible’: Peter O’Toole Remembers ‘Arabia’ : NPR

    "I can’t imagine anyone whom I’m less like than T.E. Lawrence," O’Toole told Fresh Air’s Terry Gross in 1993. The handsome actor — who made his name in the 1962 epic film Lawrence of Arabia — died Saturday at the age of 81.


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