Probably one of the most under reported aspects of summer activities is the August 9th bonfire, which nominally commemorate the introduction of Internment (or Operation Demetrius) by the local Unionist administration in 1971 – though this one seems to more about anti unionism than anti internment per se. Sinn Fein’s North Antrim MLA, Daithi McKay wants an alternative found to this bonfire on what is still the relatively mixed estate of Dunclug in Ballymena.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty