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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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The Lakes

The Lakes

I was prompted to post this chapter from my book, All The Dead Voices (2002), as a result of several photographs of the Winton Arms Hotel on Twitter by Irish Unionist - @wackyj67 -  who publishes, and is a source for, some great pics. This story, The Lakes, is based...

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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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