Narrative Card #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 Irish Republican intention of bringing about a United Ireland through armed struggle; despite this,Continue reading “Narrative Card #9: 1966 UVF Formed and Declare War”

Bloody Sunday (Narrative Card #78)

78 Bloody SundayThis infamous incident sealed the fate of British Forces in Northern Ireland on 30th January 1972, when 13 Catholic civilians were shot dead by 1st Battalion Paratroopers, and 14 others were injured. Occurring in Derry, a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) march was underway during which time rioting began, and at 4.10pmContinue reading “Bloody Sunday (Narrative Card #78)”

“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

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