Author Archives: fitzjameshorse

Long To Reign Over…?

Perhaps the biggest news of 2022 was the death of Elizabeth Windsor, Queen of England. A sad event for her family and of course many English people. Her father George (“George VI”) died in February 1952, a few months before … Continue reading

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2022 Assembly Election & 1993 Grand National

I wrote on Tuesday about how the 2022 Assembly Election and the SDLP performance left me grief-stricken. Time is a great healer so I am trying here to look at what actually happened. First of all the facts. There are … Continue reading

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Back Again? Maybe

I have not blogged in months. Energy levels are low. And blogging monthly on the Deaths during the Troubles (Decade of Half Centenaries) was depressing …at times at a very personal level. Also the Stormont Election in May was so … Continue reading

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Decade Of Half Centenaries: Deaths April 1972

There were maybe 20 Troubles-related deaths in April 1972. British Army: Seven. Two were killed by the (Provisional) IRA and five (including four in Derry) were killed by the Official IRA. Ulster Defence Regiment. One man was found murdered at … Continue reading

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Derry Girls…What Can I Say?

Derry Girls (and the Finale) was brilliant.What makes it good is that the jokes that occasionally misfire “three Catholics in the RUC” are compensated by the Politics that always works.A harmless wee comedy? No.It is Subversion.I have never believed in … Continue reading

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10th May 1952. 10th May 2022.

I am a very blessed person. I was born into a great family. I helped to create a great family. The family I was born into are all dead. I was actually born in the City Hospital…the “Jubilee” building. Almost … Continue reading

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Assembly Election: East Derry

East Derry is a constituency which includes Coleraine, Limavady, Dungiven,and some coastal towns. Traditionally unionist but with a large Catholic minority and a university (UUC) at Coleraine. East Derry..Currently there are five MLAs…DUP (2) SDLP (1) Sinn Féin (1)). Independent … Continue reading

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Assembly Election 2022: North Antrim

North Antrim is a constituency which includes Ballymena, Ballymoney, Bushmills, Ballycastle. The buckle on Norn Iron’s Bible Belt. A nationalist area around Ballycastle. North Antrim : Currently there are five MLAs…DUP (2) UUP (1) TUV (1) Sinn Féin (1). On … Continue reading

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Assembly Election 2022: South Antrim

A constituency comprising Antrim Town and other areas like Ballyclare, stretching to North Belfast at Glengormley. South Antrim: Currently five MLAs: DUP (2) UUP (1). Alliance (1) Sinn Féin (1) Friday 29th April. Antrim Town. The first surprise was the … Continue reading

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Assembly Election 2022: East Antrim

East Antrim includes towns such as Larne and Carrickfergus, staunchly unionist and extends into the Glens of Antrim which is nationalist. I was in East Antrim (Larne and Carrickfergus) and Antrim (South Antrim) on Friday East Antrim. Current make up … Continue reading

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