St Patrick’s Day Ukulele Session at Catford Constitutional Club

I don't think I have played a ukulele in public since the ancient 'night of the long ukes' split in Brockely Ukulele Group (it's OK, we're all friends again now). But I must admit I am tempted to pick up the four stringed wonder once again on St Patrick's Night (15th March) when Catford Charity ...

IRA attacks in Catford, Blackheath & Tooting 1921

During the Irish war of independence (1919-1921) there were armed attacks in London linked to the conflict, in the lead up to the truce agreed in July 1921 that paved the way for independence for most of Ireland. Here's a report of a series of attacks in May of that year in South London, from ...

Music (and poetry) Monday: Joseph O’Connor

As part of the Irish President's recent state visit to London, there was a night of Irish music broadcast on BBC-4 as 'Ultimate Irish Music at the Royal Albert Hall: A Presidential Celebration'.Truth be told it was a bit patchy, but one of the strongest parts was a reading from the writer Joseph O'Connor, best ...

More New Cross Venue Memories

Over at the great Irish blog Cedar House Revolution, I came across some more recollections of the Venue in New Cross (see previous posts on this subject, especially comments here).Damian O’Broin recalls that he  'spent the summer of 1990 – and the one before it – working on building sites in London' and that he ...

Charles P. O’Conor: An Irish Poet in Deptford

A little St Patrick's Day post:Charles P. O'Conor's collection of poems, Songs of a Life, was printed at the Kentish Mercury office in Blackheath Road in 1875 and reviewed by Matthew Arnold in the Pall Mall Gazette in June 1875.In Arnold's essay, A Deptford Poet, O'Conor is described as 'an Irish workingman settled at Deptford' ...