Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, was a dangerous place to be in the late 1970s
. With bombs, shootings, British Army Patrols, riots on the streets, and The Ramones
and New York Dolls
on the turntable, the most punk thing 5 Catholic lads could do was to sing upbeat songs about adolescent lust
, getting nowhere with said girls
, and the general struggles
of being young
. In the bleeding heart of The Troubles
, The Undertones
escaped by dreaming of a life more ordinary
. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey
on Jun 11, 2014 -
"The convent would have been seen as a way for women to gain status. Nuns had a particular mystique and attraction about them. There was one in particular, and I would in hindsight say I definitely had a crush on her." Former nun Mary Skelley on coming out
posted by DarlingBri
on Aug 16, 2012 -
As reported in this article in the Guardian
, a US appeals court recently ruled that confidential oral history interviews given by former members of Northern Irish paramilitary groups to researchers from Boston College are not confidential. [more inside]
posted by naturalog
on Jul 9, 2012 -
] is, at the time of writing, under acute psychiatric care in a Belfast hospital, after a BBC Northern Ireland documentary revealed that she had, at the age of 59, solicited £50,000 from two property developers to help fund a business run by her 19-year-old lover, Kirk McCambley.
posted by billysumday
on Jan 22, 2010 -
Martin McGuinness' description of those who carried out attacks on a PSNI member in Craigavon and British solidiers in Antrim: "These people - they are traitors to the island of Ireland. They have betrayed the political desires, hopes and aspirations of all of the people who live on this island. And they don't deserve to be supported by anyone." [more inside]
posted by tiny crocodile
on Mar 10, 2009 -
Unoticed news: riots in Belfast.
I've been surprised that I haven't seen much reporting on the riots in Belfast, especially since it is the second night
of rioting. The lack of coverage is probably due to the fact that no one has yet to be killed
coupled with the ongoing coverage of both Katrina
and John Roberts nomination.
What I find interesting about this is that these riots seem to be the cumulation
of increasing sectarian
violence. apparently, this is not the first riot to happen in Northern Ireland this year
. The Guardian has the best coverage of the events, and points out that both the pressures and rewards
of the peace process have been placed and (apparently) granted more toward the Republicans than the Loyalists. The rioting also comes after the "Love Ulster"
propaganda campaign started distributing pamphlets all over the province.
This also comes as there is an ongoing feud
between Loyalist groups. This apparently paused when the Northern Ireland
football (soccer) team beat the British team on their home turf.
Disclaimer: I am an American with some Irish extraction and tend to have very little sympathy for the Loyalist cause.
posted by Hactar
on Sep 11, 2005 -
How to kill terrorists without anyone knowing.
into collusion between the British army and both loyalist and republican paramilitaries in Northern Ireland has revealed that undercover agents may have been responsible for several assassinations, including lawyer Pat Finucane. By creating army units immune from the usual checks and balances, the government kept its hands clean. This is an account from someone who was involved.
posted by Summer
on Apr 16, 2003 -
Should majorities also have a say?
Why doesn't Russia get to vote on Chechen independence? Why can't Britain vote on expelling Northern Ireland ... or the English on Scottish devolution? Should minorities be allowed to hold a gun to the heads of the majority?
posted by bonaldi
on Nov 4, 2002 -
Apparently, over the past months, the IRA has been secretly rearming itself.
and many of the arms seem to be coming from the U.S.
. Post 9/11, peace seemed to be coming to Ireland, but now it appears that just like in the Middle East we're back to business as usual. I believe in a united Ireland, myself, but I don't want a return to the barbarism of the past 30-odd years. The U.S. has pledged neutrality in Ireland, but I honestly dont know if that's the best course. I was honestly hoping that the Emerald Isle would set an example for the other conflicted nations but it seems it's not to be.
posted by jonmc
on Apr 21, 2002 -
Six-year-old kid goes to school, gets beaned with rocks. Class bullies? No. Protestants
. Doesn't it seem like there are some places in the world (Middle East, Eritrea/Ethiopia, Balkans, etc.) where people just insist on hating and killing each other until everyone's dead? Or is it just that the various media paint it that way?
posted by Bixby23
on Sep 4, 2001 -
The new Northern Ireland
government teeters on the brink of collapse over Provisional IRA weapons decommissioning, while the rest of Europe worries about Joerg
. I find it interesting that some worry about how a government will be formed, and
others worry if they will have a government at all.
posted by tomcosgrave
on Feb 2, 2000 -