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Though some insist it continues today, the "Irish Free State's" existance, de jure, lasted from 1922 to 1937. This same period roughly corresponds to a timespan in which the anti-treaty Irish Republican Army declined from defeat at the hands of pro-treaty forces to becoming a banned organization outright. It went from being a serious contender for state power to an insurgent group a fraction of its former size. Full circle from where it had  started following the 1916 Easter Rising before the 1919 Dáil. As the movement grew estranged, marginalized, and isolated, the career of its main political supporter, Eamon De Valera, followed a remarkable inverse trajectory. Both his 1923 address and the legislation marking the IRA as an illegal organization bracket this era. The panegyric that De Valera once lavished upon the IRA on the event of their their submission could not be in sharper contrast to the laconic, almost…

I keep hearing voices in the waves. Usually it's like a conversation in another room: muted, indistinguishable. At high tide, though, especially at the new moon, sometimes I can hear what they're saying.

"Where did you go?" asks one.

"Out fishing," comes the reply.

Then there are the ghosts, the voices of the sailors who drowned on the rocks under the headland, lured in by the wreckers' lights.

Other nights, my own dead come and…

ZTF J1406+1222 is a trinary star system consisting of a "black widow" binary and a third far-flung star that orbits the other two every 10,000 years. The very academic term "black widow" refers to one of the two stars, which is a neutron star (or a "pulsar"), that orbits another smaller star and slowly "feeds" from it, sustaining itself. Because neutron stars are violently and rapidly spewing out neutrons, they usually die out pretty quickly (in stellar terms). This one will be longer lived,…

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