Just returned from the local printers (thanks, PDC Greenock!)
“Any man`s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind” (No Man is an Island, John Donne, 1572-1631).
Paddy Coyle was only thirteen years old when he was photographed by Pulitzer-prize winner, Clive Limpkin in Derry, holding a petrol bomb and wearing an adult’s Second World War gas mask during the ‘Battle of the Bogside’ in 1969. Coyle would be immortalised as ‘the boy in the mask’, one of the most recognisable imagesContinue reading “Paddy Coyle”
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.
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”
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”
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”
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.