Thanks to all our contributors…

I think it’s clear that you’ve all made me very happy. Even the beard is gone (the real one to follow tomorrow morning)! Eleven hundred means we can run and run early. We’ll kick off with a press analysis panel at the Institute of Governance at Queens next week – details to follow later today, or tomorrow. I’m really pleased, not simply with the amount we’ve raised, but also with notes from people locally and globally that give us some idea of how much you value Slugger! Don’t forget it’s not too late to put your own contribution, no matter how small!

A slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email me using this spam-proof link if you really need to, and Slugger is @sluggerotoole on Twitter. But above all, remember, Play the ball and not the man.

Living History 1968-74

A unique, once-in-a-lifetime 10-week course at Stranmillis University College Belfast featuring live, in-depth interviews with leading figures from this tumultuous era in Northern Ireland’s cultural and political history.

Live interviews with: Bernadette McAliskey, Austin Currie, Brid Rogers, Baroness Blood, Dennis Bradley, Baroness Paisley, Lord Kilclooney, Tim McGarry, Danny Morrison, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield and others…

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