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“History shouldn’t be easy. History shouldn’t be pleasing” (Malcolm, 2021, p.33).

The Troubles is NOT a game. The Troubles IS an educational simulation. The Troubles has been designed for teaching the complex historical, political, social and economic narratives that interwove a significantly important and deeply sensitive period of the 20th Century; one which continues to have domestic and international ramifications. It has benefitted from international supportContinue reading ““History shouldn’t be easy. History shouldn’t be pleasing” (Malcolm, 2021, p.33).”

Development: Political Targets

On the 14th November the Ulster Unionist Party MP, RobertBradford was shot dead by the IRA; a 29-year old civilian wasalso killed. Several Catholics were murdered in retaliation, andthe attendance at Bradford’s funeral by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland was openly criticised by Unionists.This incident is enshrined in Narrative Card #183, and enablesContinue reading “Development: Political Targets”

“[S]omeone may well ask. “Why recall such things? It is the writer’s duty to tell the terrible truth, and it is a reader’s civic duty to learn this truth. To turn away, to close one’s eyes and walk past is to insult the memory of those who have perished. Only those who have learned theContinue reading

Narrative Card #222 – Pat Finucane

Pat Finucane was an Irish lawyer known for representing Republicans and members of the Irish Republican Army. He was assassinated at his home – shot 14 times – on 1st February 1989 by the Ulster Defence Association, which had colluded with the British Government intelligence service, MI5. The Conservative Leader and Prime Minister, David Cameron,Continue reading “Narrative Card #222 – Pat Finucane”

General Election Results

We have introduced an option that allows Factions to deliver the simulated General Election Results from 1966 until 1997, OR choose to deploy the actual Results of the particular Epoch, including the Nationalist and Unionist Ratios. And as you can see from one of the General Election cards, Domhnall Hegarty’s artwork is truly amazing. SoContinue reading “General Election Results”

Narrative Card #58 – The Arms Crisis

58 The Arms CrisisThe deteriorating relations between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland reached a crisis point in this political scandal involving two serving cabinet ministers of the Irish Government.Charles Haughey (Minister for Finance) and Neil Blaney (Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture) were dismissed after they were accused of attempting to smuggle arms fromContinue reading “Narrative Card #58 – The Arms Crisis”