the Troubles

I will miss my vote

6 July 2024 9:00 am

I feel as if I first took part in a general election even before I was born. My father was…

The power and the glory that was Belfast

29 July 2023 9:00 am

Before the Troubles hijacked its reputation, the city was renowned for its linen industry and great shipyards, responsible for an eighth of the global shipbuilding trade

Don't prosecute Soldier F

25 March 2022 11:30 pm

Sometimes old grievances are best laid to rest. That was certainly the view of Tony Blair when his government issued…

Manipulative and sentimental but also affectionate: Belfast reviewed

22 January 2022 9:00 am

After Artemis Fowl and Murder on the Orient Express you may have had concerns about Kenneth Branagh ever helming a…

Sinn Fein's troubling veneration of terrorists

10 August 2021 2:00 am

Sinn Fein is not a normal party. It sometimes feels impolite to point it out in the era of the…

This fabulous play is like a Chekhov classic: The One Day in the Year reviewed

20 February 2021 9:00 am

The One Day In the Year is an Australian drama about the annual commemoration of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.…

An 80th birthday party causes no end of trouble in Barney Norris’s latest novel

20 January 2018 9:00 am

‘People live in the space between the realities of their lives and the hopes they have for them,’ muses the…

A Troubles novel with plenty of violence and, thank heaven, some sex too

13 September 2014 9:00 am

‘The Anglo-Irish, their tribe, are dying. . . . They will go without a struggle, unlamented,’ Christopher Bland, 76, declares…

First novels: When romance develops from an old photograph

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The intensely lyrical Ghost Moth is set in Belfast in 1969, as the Troubles begin and when Katherine, housewife and…