The Honeymoon Period

The Honeymoon Period

Continuing on in my novel, West Belfast, which deals with the rise of the IRA post-August 1969, here is Chapter Eight, titled, The Honeymoon Period. “You’re wrong!” said Dominic. “You’ve got it entirely wrong.” The men were in the upstairs bedroom of a supporter’s...
All The Dead Voices

All The Dead Voices

In 2002, my fifth book, a memoir, All The Dead Voices, was published. The book is currently out-of-print and I have sometimes thought about updating it but never got around to doing so. Anyway, the short Prologue to the book is a reminiscence on August 1969 when,...
August, 1969

August, 1969

Chapter 7, The Pogroms, of my first novel, West Belfast, covers this period from fifty years ago when thousands of people were burnt out of their homes in the Falls Road and Divis Street area. Click on link to download PDF. Chapter 7 The book can be purchased at the...
Tracking Military Planes Over Ireland – LATEST

Tracking Military Planes Over Ireland – LATEST

The research in this feature is the latest update from Dan Dowling of Shannonwatch. Compiling records of military aircraft identifies British Army surveillance. This map  shows seven days of all military aircraft around the world. Each dot on the map yileds the ICAO...
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...
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...