Tag Archives: The Troubles

Lost Lives…People I Knew

Last night, I was talking to my sister on the phone. She has lived in London for forty one years and we talked about my visit to Milltown Cemetery on Good Friday and the old neighbourhood in Greater Ballymurphy/Upper Springfield.. She mentioned Fr … Continue reading

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Pre-Conflict, Conflict and Post-Conflict

As I have said before, there are only three stages to the Irish (now Northern) “Problem”. There is Pre-Conflict, Conflict and Post Conflict. In terms of a “Problem”….Ireland has always been “A Problem” for England and England has always been … Continue reading

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2020 Visions

I couldn’t be bothered listening to news about George Osborne’s Conservative British Budget yesterday. Normally I watch these things “live” on TV but yesterday I just watched westerns on You Tube. And I barely watched the News last night. From … Continue reading

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Fifty Years Ago Today

Fifty years ago today…3rd September 1963, I was an 11 year old schoolboy. It was my first day at one of Belfast’ two Catholic Grammar Schools ( for boys of course). It was cold and there was a steady drizzle. … Continue reading

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Texas Preview

It is now less than a month until I fly off to the United States …more precisely the liberal part of Texas. Just to recap on what I will be doing. Well for several years I have been contributing off … 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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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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