I am presenting at the Ministry of Defence’s DSTL Connections UK event on Wednesday, whereupon I shall discuss the educational benefits of narrative in conjunction with serious games.
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#31 Bernadette Devlin Elected
On 15th April, 1969, in a by-election to the Westminster parliament Bernadette Devlin, standing as a Unity candidate in Mid-Ulster, won the contest. At 21 years of age she became the youngest woman ever to be elected as a Member of Parliament (MP). “I will take your seat and fight for your rights” which alludedContinue reading “#31 Bernadette Devlin Elected”
259 Formal Talks at Stormont
After the announcement on Friday 29th August, 1997 by Marjorie (Mo) Molam, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, that the Irish Republican Army (IRA) ceasefire had been sufficiently well observed for Sinn Féin (SF) to enter the multi-party talks, Sinn Féin (SF) signed up to the Mitchell Principles and entered the multi-party-talks at StromontContinue reading “259 Formal Talks at Stormont”
#86 Bloody Friday
21st July 1972, Belfast. The IRA planted and exploded 22 bombs in 75 minutes, killing 9 people and injuring 130 others. This event was particularly chaotic die to the number of hoax calls that were made in order to confuse the security services. This event was a direct response to the events of Bloody Sunday;Continue reading “#86 Bloody Friday”
#248 Drumcree 1995
There were also disturbances and blocked roads across Northern Ireland as protests were organised by loyalists insupport of the Orange Order. On the 9th July 1995, there was a standoff between the RUC and the Orange Order who wished to undertake a marching route along the Garvaghy Road, a mainly Nationalist area.
63 The Battle of St Matthew’s
Enshrined in Republican lore, this event saw the Provisional IRA, for five hours, defend its Nationalist community from the grounds of St Matthew’s Catholic Church as Loyalist rioters made incursions into Catholic Short Strand area of East Belfast. Of the six people killed that day, five were Protestants killed by the IRA. The Nationalist communityContinue reading “63 The Battle of St Matthew’s”
9 1966 UVF Formed and Declare War The Ulster Volunteer Force was a loyalist paramilitary organisation formed in 1966 by Gusty Spence, a former soldier. With the direct aim of maintaining Northern Ireland’s role as part of the United Kingdom, it saw itself as justified in eliminating the IRA’s Republican intention of bringing about aContinue reading “Loyalists”
1959 Westminster General Election
163 Ulster Political Research Group ‘Beyond the Religious Divide’ . This advisory group was set up in conjunction with the Ulster Defence Association and this report was an attempt to define a political path to be taken by them. The document’s main conclusion is for an Independent Northern Ireland to be realised through political means.