The Scariff Martyrs

The Scariff Martyrs

Among all the protagonists to the recent conflict in the North there is one side, above all others, which urgently needs to ‘draw a line through the past’, as if that were ever possible. It’s not that it seriously believes that the stroke of a pen or a piece of...
The Raptures by Jan Carson

The Raptures by Jan Carson

My review of The Raptures by Jan Carson was first published in last Saturday’s Irish Examiner. Here it is: BALLYLACK, a one-street village, orbiting an Antrim market town, ‘a bit of a shithole’, home to half a dozen Protestant churches and the God-fearing, and...
‘Even More a Book of its Time’

‘Even More a Book of its Time’

Ciarán Quinn, Sinn Féin’s Representative for North America, writing in a personal capacity, reviews Free Statism & The Good Old IRA. (Details of where the book can be bought are at the bottom of this page.) THE GOOD OLD IRA was a pamphlet published in 1985...
A GOOD LOYALIST STORY

A GOOD LOYALIST STORY

FROM speaking to former soldiers and RUC men I learnt a lot about their perspective on the conflict and the things we had in common. These engagements did not fundamentally alter our political outlooks or rock the foundations of our convictions, nor was that the...
Republican Days

Republican Days

An Phoblacht has begun a series of podcasts and I was honoured to be the first person interviewed. It was about my experiences in publicity during the struggle, first as editor of Republican News, then as editor after the merger of An Phoblacht/Republican News, and...
REVIEW – Partition by Ivan Gibbons

REVIEW – Partition by Ivan Gibbons

This is my long review of Partition – How and Why Ireland was Divided by Ivan Gibbons which appeared in the Irish Examiner, May 1, 2021. ITS one hundredth birthday falls on May 3, yet no unionist or revisionist historian has ever written a book titled, The...