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Do you read any Irish blogs?

If you’re not Irish or living in Ireland, can you name an Irish blogger that you read on a regular basis? (Besides me of course!) And more importantly, why? Is it because of their niche, or is it their witty and insightful commentary?

I ask this because Kathy Foley blasted Irish blogger Twenty Major’s new book and proceeded to question whether the Irish blogosphere had anything to offer the world. Has the land of saints and scholars become a land of consumers without giving anything worthwhile back?

I haven’t read Twenty’s book so I can’t comment on that but I do not agree with her assertions regarding the Irish blogosphere. If you’d like to find out for yourself, here’s an easy way to immerse yourself:

Happy reading!

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17 replies on “Do you read any Irish blogs?”

I live in Hawai‘i but currently am in New Zealand doing Ph.d. work. My GoogleReader is full of Irish bloggers:

Bernie Goldbach
Conn Ó Muíneacháin
Alexia Golez
Damien Mulley
Tom Raftery
Will Knott
Jame Corbett
Ken McGuire
Paul Walsh

I find the commentary on these blogs (and yours) as valuable and insightful, particularly regarding social networking, as any written in the US or elsewhere. If I had time I’d find more.

Donncha,

Personally, I don’t pay any attention to where any of the bloggers in my regular feed are actually from. I find the whole concept of the Web liberating in the fact that it just doesn’t matter any more.

So, if some bimbo wants to take a pot shot at the entire Irish population because one freakin guy writes something she doesn’t like… I think you should all tell her to piss off!

John

Does anyone even bother to read what most Irish journalists write? After all, very few of them could carry a publication on their own. Blogs are generally written by one person. And some of them do get readers – more readers perhaps than the average Irish journalist. Blogs tend to unsettle journalists because they often demonstrate that writing is just a skill that can be learned and that journalists often do not have any specialist knowledge or insight. They must be really unsettling for “opinion” columnists because they provide a wealth of opinions.

“and proceeded to question whether the Irish blogosphere had anything to offer the world.”

I think this is interesting. By and large, many of the blogs I read are completely divorced from any concept of nationality. If I’m reading a blog (usually about tech-related things), I don’t really know or need to know where the author is from.

And I think that’s important when saying that Kathy Foley must be seriously mistaken to make such a widely-swathed statement. How are Irish bloggers different from Canadian or Japanese bloggers, for example? I see no difference, and that’s the way it should be.

“Certainly, we have blogs. There are an estimated 2,000-3,000 based in Ireland, but the standard and scope of blogging here still lags far behind that of Britain and America”

Wrong. She is wrong.

@art1y: I think that would be hard on the people who don’t read Irish.
Like me. Or half of Ireland for example.

Although, I think if you dig deep, you can find Irish language blogs.

As I am Irish I can’t speak for international readers but I know that I am on the blogrolls of two non-Irish blogs (two because I’m still quite a young blogger!) due to simple networking. As somebody said previously, on the net it doesn’t always matter where people are from. Saying that, I can see that some Irish blogs may hold more interest for the Irish reader particularly when the article focuses on Irish politics or current affairs.
Thanks btw for the technorati top 100 link…why I just can’t believe I’m not on it!

regular reader of these:

Corrupt Éire : ireland.corrupt.org
Jazz Biscuit : jazzbiscuit.com
Hibernia Girl : hiberniagirl.blogspot.com

All of these I think are on irishblogs.ie

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