This summer myself and my podcast co-host Tim Mc Inerney travelled to Derry and Belfast to experience the 11th and 12th of July for ourselves and record our experiences for our podcast The Irish Passport.
With our southern accents and southern registration plates, we got plenty of warnings to be careful — from both sides of the border. But we wanted to see and understand for ourselves what the Glorious Twelfth is all about, confronting our own biases and gaps in knowledge, and speaking to people from all walks of life about what the tradition means to them.
— Bainser (@bainser) September 13, 2018
We experienced a friendly and family-focused aspect of the festival, but also came face to face with its dark side, as we stood among thick crowds around a towering Belfast bonfire as those around us chanted “We hate Catholics”.
We also discovered how a legacy of discrimination has held the city of Derry back from its full potential.
One conclusion we agree on? It was a fascinating experience.
Finally caught up with the new ep of @PassportIrish. Did a great potted history of #Derry, with some brill contributions from @bradley_steve As a bona fide #DerryGirl I can highly recommend – the last 15 mins in particular. Please do listen, esp if you want to understand NI. https://t.co/F6ijBcaoFn
— Writer's Frock ❤ Michael D (@WritersFrock) July 29, 2018
Irish journalist writing for @PoliticoEurope. Try my politics/history/culture podcast @PassportIrish.