I recorded this interview with Christy Dignam of Irish band Aslan while I was working on the WIT radio station way back in 2000. I don’t have the audio recording anymore, but I discovered the transcription below while going through some old backups.
My uncle returned from England in his twenties and moved back into his parent’s home. As my mother tells it, his heart had been broken by a woman he fell in love with over the water, so he had come home to lick his wounds. Twenty years later he was still living with his parents,…
To really understand, you just had to be there. To understand how it all came about, now that’s a different animal altogether. I don’t think anyone but Joe himself could tell you what the starting of the thing was, and Joe’s been in his grave these ten years and more come this July.
You will find mention of the current battle of the ditties between the Furlong Family and Richie Kavanagh elsewhere in this issue, but there have been further developments since that piece was written. In a shocking display of prudishness, Radio and television stations in Northern Ireland have refused to give either version air-time.
A war through correspondence has been developing in the letter pages of this magazine over the past three issues. The battle lines have been firmly drawn, and the trenches dug; the smokers and the non-smokers are at each others throats.
Advertising, what’s it all about? Who exactly is it aimed at? Advertising executives live by demographics. To what demographic does this product appeal? Who are we selling to? I think myself that they have their heads up their arses.
Well. We’ve had an interesting year of it, and no mistake. The Divorce Referendum has seen the country show signs of a maturation from the old ways of the local priest dominating his flock mind and spirit to the reality of individuals making informed decisions, while still maintaining a place in their lives for their…
Over a year has passed since the cessation of hostilities brought a fragile peace to Northern Ireland, but despite what Sinn Fein would have us believe, the violence has not ceased, merely shifted focus.