Newstalk’s Ivan Yates interviews Bob Geldof’s about his programme on Yeats and 1916?

We have had weeks of wall to wall 1916 coverage with children reenacting executions in schools and St Patrick’s Day parades doing likewise. Last night we had RTE people dressed up in military uniform on the Late, Late Show on the day we should have been moving away from 1916 and remembering the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 which provides the way forward to resolve historic differences.



When one seeks information about his TV appearance there is just a Sinn Fein reaction.

No newspaper reviews. This appeared before the programme.

Last week the Sun had a piece on it.

Suddenly an mp3 arrived in my inbox today, so felt it should be published



A Fanatic Heart: Geldof on Yeats

Bob Geldof

Geldof traces W.B. Yeats’ life, from his earliest family trips to Rosses’ Point in Sligo – which awakened a lifelong love of fairy tales and folklore – via international fame as the poet laureate of an emerging Ireland, to his Nobel Prize and role as Senator in the new Free State.

Controversially, he contends that Yeats deserves a place ahead of the martyrs of 1916 – because, he argues, rather than sacrifice his life for Ireland, Yeats stayed alive to fight for a secular, just and truly inclusive Ireland.

Through performances of some of Yeats’ most iconic poems by leading Irish and British cultural figures, Geldof reveals how Yeats and others built the scaffolding of a new independent Ireland decades before the Rising – but how Yeats’ vision for a modern, pluralist, inclusive Ireland was pushed aside by the narrow-minded Catholic élite of the new Free State: the “Banana Republic” that Geldof in turn rebelled against half a century later.

A Fanatic Heart is a captivating tale of mythology, nation-building, insurgency and disillusion – and how one man dreamed an entire country out of the ravages of famine and into a new dawn.

With performances of Yeats’ poems by Sting, Noel Gallagher, Edna O’Brien, Bono, Van Morrison, Olivia O’Leary, Liam Neeson, Stephen Fry, Dominic West, Richard E. Grant, Bill Nighy, Anne Enright, Colin Farrell, Ardal O’Hanlon, Shane MacGowan and more.

Merry Christmas 2015 and a Happy New Year 2016 to our readers and commenters

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our commenters and readers of different faiths and none. We especially remember those struggling to help family members involved with a cult or someone trying to exit such a situation.


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Maoist cult leader guilty over sex assaults and false imprisonment

Dialogue Ireland appeared on Prime time when this story first broke.

Aravindan Balkrishnan was known as 'Comrade Bala'

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Undue influence the common feature between the House of Prayer, Paris attacks by Daesh and the IRA campaign of forty years ago

Disclaimer: Here we are trying to alert the public to the similar processes that occur to the Daesh commandos in Paris, or the IRA volunteers of 40 years ago or the undue influence exercised over vulnerable adults at a place like the House of Prayer. Also think about what happened in Jonestown when there was a mass killing of hundreds of children, women and men in that order. We are not comparing the groups but the processes going on.

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Mike Garde, The Director of Dialogue Ireland interviewed on Sunday Spirit by Michael Comyn on cultism

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2×2’s, Cult to Christ: The Church With No Name by Elizabeth Coleman


This is not a book about physical or sexual abuse. It is not a theological book. This is simply a story about my personal journey from complete faith and belief in one particular religious group to a personal faith in Jesus as Saviour.

Clearly Elizabeth has found a personal faith and found that her own upbringing did not assist her spiritual development. However, clearly she has accepted the logic that any group which does not agree with a particular theology which she believes in, is a cult. I suggest this definition is not adequate and is purely a theological one and does not conform to the notion of cultism which involves undue influence which is much broader than a purely theological definition. Continue reading

How do Christina Gallagher and Fr McGinnity do it? Undue influence and vulnerable adults.

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In our field of cultism we have clear evidence of what we call magical mystification. That is the use of meditation, or prayer to relieve people of their money. A place like the House of Prayer makes use of an authority figure like Fr Gerard McGinnity gives a loyal Catholic the feeling that if he asks you to support something it is God calling you to do so. The issue is not the intelligence of the subject but the vulnerability factor which relieves them of their discernment and their cash. Even when a family member logically explains what is happening, the more rationality is produced the more the person goes deeper into the process of undue influence. So if a family member attacks this abuse, it actually reinforces the very thing one is trying to change. So a family member shows that Christina has a massive house in Malahide and then another in City West. The more you point out the contradiction the more the person believes you are evil and that you are lying.
The Catholic Church takes the view if a person who claims to have visions is living a life of luxury and refuses to accept the discipline of her bishop then that is proof positive that the visions are fake. There is not even a requirement to study them for their orthodoxy or genuineness
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