Belfast’s Colonial History

The current Northern Irish History Curriculum is dominated by Europe and Ireland in the twentieth century.  In a country where bitterness and division are close to the surface, there is often difficulty to see beyond the atrocities of our own recent past.  British Colonial History is overlooked, and seemed justifiable up until now. The killing…

Back to Belfast: Back to the Past?

On returning home to NI after my first year in Manchester, I am strongly reminded just how inextricably linked politics is with culture here. Following the momentous referendum held in the Republic of Ireland on 25th May, I’m writing about something extremely topical and controversial across the whole island: ABORTION. I acknowledge that abortion, like many…