In 1966, it was suggested that the UVF lead the Easter Rising 50th Anniversary celebration parade in Dublin.
How a story is framed matters. Who is the aggressor and who is the victim? These things are important. Little lies told over many years result in outcomes and views that can seem excessive to those who’ve noticed the lies along the way. Context is also important and, as the old saying goes, ‘one man’sContinue reading “1922: The McMahon murders”
A few years ago, I came across an old article about my grandad’s uncle Joe being attacked in his house by a man with a knuckleduster and two young women who had concocoted the plan because they knew had a bit of money and, well, he wasn’t best liked in the area. They would, theyContinue reading “Me and Abraham Lincoln: The search begins”
Belfast Newsletter, Wednesday 20 November, 1882 Yes, I’ve added this because I’m childish. If you don’t know, and I certainly didn’t, ‘Dick’s Fairy’ is actually a story written by Silas Hocking around 1880 called ‘Dick’s Fairy: A Tale of the Street’. It is also a children’s book. Hocking (1850-1935) was a Cornish novellist and clergyman,Continue reading “1882: Dick’s Fairy”
Jane Hunsdale was only three years old in 1904 when she fell into a brickpond that is long since gone in East Belfast. That is not a remarkabe story. But it is only part of it. The brickfield pond at Castlereagh Road took Jane’s life some time between 7.30pm and 8pm on Monday, 6 JuneContinue reading “1904: The man who found 3 drowning children in a week”
In 1802, the House of Commons took ‘great offence’ at the suggestion it be made a felony to murder slaves in Barbados. The penalty for the crime stood at £11 4s (approx £495 which would have also bought you one horse or two cows) as noted in a letter from Lord Seaforth, Governor of theContinue reading “1805: British MPs take offence at suggestion those who murder slaves should be punished”
Report as published in 1805: INDIA NEWS – A conspiracy was lately discovered at Candy, which had for its object the murder of the King and his Ministers. Several of the traitors have been apprehended and tortured, but without extorting from them the names of the leaders and abettors. A body of Holkar’s cavalry, onContinue reading “1805: Indian freedom fighters tortured as the British continue looting”
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