Monthly Archives: July 2012

“Our Two Great Countries”????

Conall McDevitt made an interesting aside yesterday referring to “our two great countries” by which he meant Ireland and Britain. A slightly unusual but probably welcome form of words. As the American Election Campaign gets into full swing, we will … Continue reading

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How Journalism Works

Interesting post by Mick Fealty on Slugger O’Toole. He draws attention to a Fintan O’Toole article suggesting that Sean Quinn junior, jailed last week for three months is getting preerential treatment in Mountjoy Prison. After just one night in Mountjoy, … 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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The FitzjamesHorse Guide To Truth And Reconciliation

I am a skeptic about Confict Resolution. My basic premise is that our Conflict was not resolved. We deliberately chose vagueness……”creative ambiguity” was the catchphrase. I always believed it to be a very dodgy concept. Even more dodgy when having … Continue reading

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Bloody Friday July 1972

“Bloody Friday” was a series of bombings which took place on 21st July 1972. Before talking about the specific event, I want to point out that this was one of a series of traumatic events in the twelve months from … Continue reading

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Burning Polish Flags

We should of course be outraged that flags of Poland were burned on “Orange” bonfires. Also it is outrageous that election posters of SDLP candidate Magdalena Wolska were burned in East Belfast. I declare a double interest. I am not … Continue reading

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An Féile…Then And Now

Small acorns and mighty trees and all that. The First Anniversary of Internment (which happened in 1971) was marked by rioting and probably death destruction and injury….in West Belfast. Thats how it was and probably the second and third anniversaries. … Continue reading

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