Tag Archives: The Troubles

Ukraine

First of all, I “stand with Ukraine”. One of the strange things about the last week is that people see parallels with the Past and other people don’t see any. It is a curious mixed bag. First off, people tell … Continue reading

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Working Man Blues …The Troubles 1969-1972

This is a re-written/edited version of an article I wrote for a USA-based academic website a few years ago. I started work aged 17 on 29th September 1969. My parents were deeply disappointed that I had decided to leave school … Continue reading

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You Probably Don’t Know What This Is?

If you are over 50 years old and a Catholic from West Belfast, you may know what this is. Most Catholics will be familiar with prayer cards, typically sold in Catholic “holy” shops. A holy picture, a medal and a … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Telephone Calls

Phone Call #1 It was in the mid 1970s. I had been at an evening class in the College of Business Studies in Brunswick Street.  Following the other students leaving the building and walking along Queen Street to Castle Street … Continue reading

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Lost Lives…People I Knew

Last night, I was talking to my sister on the phone. She has lived in London for forty one years and we talked about my visit to Milltown Cemetery on Good Friday and the old neighbourhood in Greater Ballymurphy/Upper Springfield.. She mentioned Fr … Continue reading

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Pre-Conflict, Conflict and Post-Conflict

As I have said before, there are only three stages to the Irish (now Northern) “Problem”. There is Pre-Conflict, Conflict and Post Conflict. In terms of a “Problem”….Ireland has always been “A Problem” for England and England has always been … Continue reading

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2020 Visions

I couldn’t be bothered listening to news about George Osborne’s Conservative British Budget yesterday. Normally I watch these things “live” on TV but yesterday I just watched westerns on You Tube. And I barely watched the News last night. From … Continue reading

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Fifty Years Ago Today

Fifty years ago today…3rd September 1963, I was an 11 year old schoolboy. It was my first day at one of Belfast’ two Catholic Grammar Schools ( for boys of course). It was cold and there was a steady drizzle. … Continue reading

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Texas Preview

It is now less than a month until I fly off to the United States …more precisely the liberal part of Texas. Just to recap on what I will be doing. Well for several years I have been contributing off … Continue reading

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Troubles

Truth…..Anecdote…..we all have a story. Or Three. Or Four. Just ask my sons. They have had to listen for years to what Daddy did in the War. In a way, I cant tell the story of Bloody Sunday without telling … Continue reading

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