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Hi! Fair fa' ye! Céad míle fáilte! Welcome to my user page!

I'm a long time Wikipedian having made my first edit back since 21st May, 2006.

As with many other editors I came here looking for something and decided to make an edit, and as you start to explore you feel the need to make other edits and well since 2007 I've ended up making over 23,000 edits and 782 files and pages, of which are 134 are articles (excluding redirects). Over half of my contributions are article content related, with a third on article and user talk pages.

I am a very laid back, easy going person who likes to drink, and my comments if they come across as crude or blunt or charged should not be interpreted as such. I simply don't see the need to pansy about with terminology and wording and my comments reflect that, but I rarely post a comment in anger or rage or meaning to cause offense to anybody.

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Some of the 134 (excludes the 90 redirects) articles I've created or essentially created:

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For keeping a cool head and staying focused during heated discussions AgadaUrbanit (talk) 16:08, 4 December 2011 (UTC) For thoroughly sorting out both volunteers articles and keeping a cool head throughout, even when confronted with apathy, pig-headedness and an unhealthy dose of  just don't like it-ism. A great job, and one that more than warrants this. JonCTalk 10:31, 11 October 2011 (UTC)The E=MC² Barnstar. To BullRangifer, for being a scientist in the very best meaning of the word; been proud to work with you. - Gleng 16:28, 28 September 2006 (UTC) Because if you want something, you gotta ask ... and for your patience, willingness and openness at co-operating on difficult things to do with "these islands", the "six counties", "countries, provinces, regions", and a whole lot more despite (or because of?) your own perspective. RA (talk) 18:12, 4 October 2011 (UTC) Having copy edited 8 articles and totaling over 15,000 words, the Cleanup Barnstar is awarded to Mabuska for great effort in the Guild of Copy Editors' March 2011 Backlog elimination drive. Thank you for your participation! Tea with toast (talk) 15:08, 3 April 2011 (UTC) This barnstar is for quickly finding a Reference for Aughnacloy, County Down. GeorgeLouis (talk) 02:46, 16 November 2010 (UTC) great work on Protestantism in Ireland. I think the page is something i would send people to now.  Eleutherius (talk) 10:49, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
noob involved been around veteran seen it all older than the Cabal itself

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Norman Davies, Europe; A History
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Cquote1.png Do mhíle fáilte a Bhanríoghain Éire, Go cathraigh éigseach chríche Uladh.

Mas fuar síon ar mhullaigh a sliabh, Is grádhach díolos croidhe a bunadh.

1000 welcomes, Oh Queen of Ireland, To the poetic city of the land of Ulster.
If cold be the wind on its mountain-tops, Its people’s hearts are warm and loyal.

McAdam's Irish motto for Queen Victoria on her visit to Belfast.
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Did you know?
  • The Irish Free State and later Republic of Ireland introduced Internment before the British did in Northern Ireland?
  • That the Irish Free State executed more republicans in the Irish Civil War than the British did after the 1916 uprising?
  • That Eamon de Velera and his government said that they would let republican hunger strikers die rather than acquiescence to their demands? Makes Margaret Thatcher's look a saint, seeing as she offered the 1981 ones all of their demands except for one from the onset.
  • That Eamon de Velera, the man who caused the Irish Civil War as he couldn't accept Partition would go on and turn down Winston Churchill's offer in World War II to enter the war in return for an United Ireland?
  • That the neutrality of the Irish Free State during World War II is more a myth than reality as they actually aided the Allies with various covert things
  • That people have lived in Ireland long before the emergence of the Gael? They emerged c100-200 BC whereas neolithic people have inhabited Ireland since at least 8'000 BC!
  • That the Plantation of Ulster was a failure and that it was largely destroyed in 1641, meaning that most of todays Ulster Protestants do not actually hail from it as some claim? In fact many Ulster Protestants are of Irish descent as well as settlers from other plantations or migrations to Ulster dating from the 1500's to 1800's.
  • The 'Gaelic' Ulster flag is actually the flag of the Hiberno-Norman Earldom of Ulster, ruled by the de Burgh family? The flag is based on their family crest with the addition of the Red Hand of Ulster. Due to the de Burgh families continual leaning towards (and in the case of Richard Óg de Burgh - actual close friendship with) the English king - its funny how Irish Republicans have adopted the flag.
  • The Duke of Wellington, Sir Arthur Weselley, the guy who beat Napoleon at Waterloo was an Anglo-Irish aristocrat?
  • The Battle of the Boyne wasn't a sectarian battle, with the Pope even giving his support to King William 3rd?
  • That the Battle of the Boyne wasn't very important in the whole scheme of the Williamite War in Ireland, with the Battle of Aughrim being more decisive?
  • That Belfast Protestants and Catholics joined forces in James Larkins 1907 Dock Strike, which if successful would have preceded the Russian Revolution in being the first socialist revolution in 20th century Europe?
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