Ballymurphy: The massacre that foreshadowed Bloody Sunday

It’s beautiful when it happens, seeing a seed develop out of the dark soil to become a beautiful flower. It’s the same with truth. Sometimes it too lies hidden in soil, waiting for the time and the conditions to bloom into something beautiful. That time and those conditions have surely arrived for the families of […]

Is BBC NI a propagandist for the Union?

I was taken aback somewhat by a phrase in an article entitled Scottish Six news programme plans are dead, Whitehall insiders confirm in the newspaper Herald Scotland. According to the paper’s UK Political Editor, Michael Settle,  these so-called insiders “referred to the draft BBC charter stressing how the corporation must “contribute to the social cohesion […]

The Campbells of Greepe at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

  There is something special about Scottish singing. A few weeks back I was in Crumlin Road Jail for a concert – no, it was nothing like Folsom Prison Blues  as it featured Kathleeen MacInnes and Manran. At one point Kathleen was joined by Sineag MacIntyre and I was totally transported to na hEileannan Siar […]

What Amazon knows about me…

Amazon sent me an e-mail today suggesting some books I might like to buy. Top of the list was Downfall: How Rangers FC Self-Destructed by Phil MacGiolla Bháin, the story of the meltdown of the biggest club in Scottish soccer. It would indeed be a book I would be interested in buying. The story of the […]

Intellectual Baboons

People are really enjoying the Richard Dawkins quote about the National Trust’s decision to include some creationist piffle at the Giant’s Causeway interpretative centre, as quoted in the Belfast Telegraph. “The National Trust should not have given any consideration whatsoever to the intellectual baboons of young Earth creationism,” said Dawkins. The natural habitat for these […]

Ulster Suffragettes

Suffragette City – how Belfast feminists won the vote A century ago, a passionate crowd packed the Ulster Hall to hear the leader of the Suffragette Movement, Emmeline Pankhurst demand votes for women. This year,  on March 2, leading feminist author Dr Margaret Ward will return to the same venue to deliver a lunchtime lecture on […]