Review of Guy Beiner’s “Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster”

“This is the past and it has to stay in the past. We don’t want to see any more of it.” Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster, Guy Beiner, Oxford University Press, 2018. Over the weekend the PSNI were called to manage an incident with a car bomb within the Walls of Derry. The car was parked in Bishop’s Street, just by the courthouse and directly across the road from the Masonic Centre that …

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In praise of dissidents – non-violent dissenters with ideas

Lisa McElherron gave – for me – the most heartfelt and memorable talk at this year’s TEDxBelfast event. Belfast has a long history of dissent, and at times their challenge has been used for positive outcomes. Lisa spoke passionately about her life-long admiration for … … those who speak out, who challenge consensus, who speak for those who can’t, and who go against the grain. She finished: Dissent. It’s our word and we want it back. Alan Meban (Alan in …

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So, every Monday that ever comes along, I get up early and sing this little song

With éirígí having declared they will be engaging in electoralism at council level while rejecting it at Stormont (on grounds of ideology, not because they’d get totally tanked) and the IRSP expected to announce a similar return to council level electoralism in the north (also ignoring Stormont for ideological reasons, not fear of getting spanked) and expectations of an independent republican council candidate in Newry and the odd two in Fermanagh – I thought I’d run my eye over the …

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