Representing the Working Class in Northern Ireland

By Ciara McAllister- In April this year, as tensions rose in unionist communities over Brexit and policing, images of violence in Belfast flooded our newsfeeds. I was struck by a number of views and responses that I saw repeated by various political, academic and community commentators. On Twitter, the unrest was presented in three ways:... Continue Reading →

Paramilitary memoirs and their contribution to modern Loyalism

By Rory Allen- Memoirs and autobiographies have enormous potential to contribute to the wider understanding of the ‘Troubles’. In capturing the narratives of those who were involved in or lived through the Northern Ireland conflict, we gain an insight into the real, lived experience of Ulster’s contested past. While Irish nationalists and republicans have long... Continue Reading →

Exploring the role of Youth Workers in Northern Ireland loyalist working-class communities: Sectarianism, Education and Languages.

By Giada Lagana- The division between Protestants/loyalists/unionists and Catholic/republicans/nationalists in Northern Ireland, regarding the nature and meaning of the conflict, encompasses all levels of society and all generations. For nationalists, their relationship to the British and Irish states remains primary, whereas for loyalists, the conflict with the other community is acknowledged as being of greater... Continue Reading →

Photographic Ubiquity: Remembering Bobby Sands

By Katherine Side - When 27-year-old, Robert (“Bobby”) Gerard Sands died on May 5, 1981, after 66 days on hunger strike, he was already recognizable to many. A single colour photograph of Sands circulated widely as a commodity throughout the republican movement and its international coverage. This image still endures. It has been painted successively... Continue Reading →

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