‘Who Else Have You Been Speaking To?’ The Role of Interpersonal Relationships in ‘Troubles’ Research

By Maria Dalton- ‘Who else have you been speaking to?’ ‘Do you know so and so? How are they? Will you tell them I said hello?’ As I write these questions, I am smiling, transported back to my research experiences in Northern Ireland over the past two summers. One of the lessons I quickly learned... Continue Reading →


Oral history and the Troubles: The importance of trust and the role of the interviewer

By Dieter Reinisch- As several of the blog posts of Writing the Troubles illustrate, oral history is a particularly controversial subject in Northern Ireland. The past years have been a difficult time for researchers looking to use interviews with former paramilitaries and those advocating political violence, particularly since the “Boston College (BC) Oral History Project”... Continue Reading →

In Defence of Interviews

By Thomas Leahy – It was during my research on the impact of the intelligence war on the Provisional Irish Republican Army’s (IRA) armed and political strategies 1969 to 1998, that I discovered the value of interviews. After studying the available but fragmented archival, memoir and statistical data, for example, it was not apparent that the... Continue Reading →

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