FRAGMENTS: Remembering the Troubles in Stitch, Sound, and Word

By Eileen Harrisson  - I grew up by Bangor, Co Down and, after obtaining a Joint Honours BA in Italian and Art from Aberystwyth University in June 1975, I returned to Northern Ireland. The severity of the illness that had led to my father being invalided out of the RAF during World War II was... Continue Reading →

Visual Voices of the Unheard: Loyalist Murals and Peace Building

By Struan W. J Kennedy- Early on in any serious reading into loyalism, one is likely to encounter two negative perceptions operating in tandem. The first is under-representation, loyalists feel let down by both mainstream unionist politicians and mainstream media. Secondly are cases of misrepresentation, on the rare occasions when certain movements do receive coverage,... Continue Reading →

Deindustrialisation and the ‘Troubles’

By Christopher Lawson- Two cranes, Samson and Goliath, loom over the skyline of Belfast, a testament to the city’s rich industrial heritage.  Although their owner, Harland & Wolff, survived its latest brush with bankruptcy in 2019, the shipyard’s workforce is now counted in the tens rather than the tens of thousands.  Belfast’s other internationally famous... Continue Reading →

Hume as Historian

By Thomas Dolan- ‘One of our greatest weaknesses as a people would appear to be our uncritical acceptance of our past, our failure and refusal to examine the inadequacies and the failures as well as the successes of our past leaders and past movements. After all they were human. They must have made and did... Continue Reading →

Murals, gender and memory in Northern Ireland

By Abigail Fletcher- Writing on a wall is always political’. So writes Adam Turkington, organiser of  Belfast’s annual Hit the North street art festival. One of the attractions of the 2019 event was an image of Lyra McKee, who was murdered by dissident republicans that April. The mural is accompanied by text from a letter... Continue Reading →

A Larne Perspective

By D.A. Whitcombe- The Good Friday Agreement is often seen as the start of the peace process in Northern Ireland.  As a child, I remember the relief on my parents’ and teachers’ faces when the result came in. However, there were plenty of people who voted against the Agreement: those who had not chosen ‘hope... Continue Reading →

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