Towards a Shared Heritage

By Megan Henvey The early medieval high crosses of Ireland may seem an unusual topic for a blog about the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, but exploration of their scholarly and civic treatment highlights the wide-ranging impact of the conflict and the religio-political divisions in the region, as well as indicating how far we’ve come, and... Continue Reading →

‘Hate Mail, the History of Emotions, and the Troubles’

By Maggie Scull- ‘You old bastard keep your dirty Irish nose out of English affairs.’* This sentence opens one of the many hateful letters sent to Cardinal William Conway, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, during the early years of the ‘Troubles’. Written just days after Bloody Sunday in 1972, the... Continue Reading →

Writing the Troubles

By Richard English – How should we think about Writing the Northern Ireland Troubles?  The post-1960s conflict in the North embodied a localized version of numerous world-historical forces: the tension between nation and state, with associated issues of political legitimacy; the power of religiously-fuelled nationalisms; the mutually shaping intimacy between non-state terrorism and state counter-terrorism; the... Continue Reading →

Writing the Troubles Workshop 2017

By Thomas Dolan – The incursion of Arlene Foster, the DUP and, by extension Sinn Féin, back onto the centre-stage of British politics has produced an upsurge of interest in the political situation in Northern Ireland reminiscent of the darker days of its long-running conflict. A fake news article circulating on social media during the fallout... Continue Reading →

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