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You Probably Don’t Know What This Is?

If you are over 50 years old and a Catholic from West Belfast, you may know what this is. Most Catholics will be familiar with prayer cards, typically sold in Catholic “holy” shops. A holy picture, a medal and a … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Telephone Calls

Phone Call #1 It was in the mid 1970s. I had been at an evening class in the College of Business Studies in Brunswick Street.  Following the other students leaving the building and walking along Queen Street to Castle Street … Continue reading

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Clonard Novena

Clonard is the Redemptorist monastery in West Belfast. It was effectively the spiritual home of West Belfast Catholics. It lies on the border line of St Peters and St Pauls and beside the Peace Line at Bombay Street. My own … Continue reading

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The IRA By Numbers (Guest Post By Sammy McNally)

Guest Post here from Sammy. The nomenclature of the Irish insurgency groups is clearly in need of overhaul given the relative nature of the terms ‘old’ and ‘new’ when referring to the ‘IRA’ as highlighted in the post below by … Continue reading

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The “New” Old IRA?

Chat to some friends in the Republic of Ireland and they might tell you about about a long dead relative who was in “The Old IRA”. The word “Old” is important as it seeks to distinguish the original IRA from any newer … Continue reading

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