On Bonfires, The PSNI, Unionism, Sinn Féin & Stormont

On Bonfires, The PSNI, Unionism, Sinn Féin & Stormont

In West Belfast (and other nationalist areas) the tradition of bonfires celebrating the Feast of the Assumption on Our Lady’s Day, 15th August, lasted about one hundred years, and it was something we, as kids, looked forward to. But there were no nationalist bonfires...

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Mallon Tears Up The GFA

Mallon Tears Up The GFA

Former SDLP deputy leader Seamus Mallon has come out against Irish reunification as proposed by the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, based on a democratic vote of the people in the North, thus reversing what he and the SDLP preached for forty years. Of course, Mallon...

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The Woman Behind The Poster

The Woman Behind The Poster

Coming back from visiting my granddaughter (and great granddaughters) in North Belfast at the weekend when I bumped into the indefatigable Mary Clarke (nee Doyle) out canvassing with other women in Ardoyne who are working on Mary’s campaign for re-election to Belfast...

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Beyond The Working Class

Beyond The Working Class

The following feature is reprinted with the permission of Culture Matters and associate editor, Jenny Farrell, who reviews A History of Irish Working-Class Writing edited by Michael Pierse and published by Cambridge University Press, 2018. THIS book is to be greatly...

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The War Over Our Heads

The War Over Our Heads

Dan Dowling is a member of Shannonwatch, a group of peace and human rights activists and monitors, who hold monthly protest vigils at Shannon airport against the use of that airport for rendition-linked flights by the US military and for stopovers on their way to wars...

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Clair de lune

Clair de lune

Yesterday, we attended the funeral of the young, beautiful, kind and loving, but hurting, Nuala Lunney, who a week ago today took her own life, leaving her father Phil and brother Tomás heartbroken, distraught and bewildered, and hundreds of other relatives and...

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Begotten Not Made

Begotten Not Made

LAST night I finished Cónal Creedon’s Begotten Not Made, a novel which at one time would have got him excommunicated! It is multi-layered, funny and touching, at times madcap or magic realist, quintessential story-telling, and has a wonderful and satisfying ending....

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BBC – The Arts Show Interview

BBC – The Arts Show Interview

A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Marie-Louise Muir, the main presenter on BBC Radio Ulster's The Arts Show. We met below the Quakers Cottage on Black Mountain where several scenes from my novel, The Wrong Man, are set. The ten minute interview can be heard here...

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In Memory of Bob Conklin

In Memory of Bob Conklin

This story first appeared in my book All The Dead Voices, which was published in 2002. Based on his diary and letters it tells of how a young Canadian soldier (and his comrades) could hardly wait to get to France and the front, and his experiences of battle. At dinner...

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Duke Street, ’68

Duke Street, ’68

Today, 5th October marks the fiftieth anniversary of the RUC attack on the Civil Rights March in Duke Street, Derry. Tomorrow, beginning at 3pm, the march and intended route back then to the Guildhall will be replicated by Sinn Féin. One of those on the march on 5th...

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