Belfast City Cemetery

Author: Tom Hartley
Publisher: Blackstaff Press
ISBN: 9780856409240
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Within the stone walls of Belfast City Cemetery lie those men and women who helped shape the city. From Catholic and Protestant to Muslim and Jew, from the great and the good to the poor and the destitute, each grave has its own tale to tell. In this new edition of his acclaimed publication, Tom Hartley uses the cemetery to examine key events in Belfast's history as well as the political and social life of the city and the careers of the many writers, artists, entertainers, and sportsmen who have helped to enhance the city's international reputation over the years.

Talking Stones

Author: Elisabetta Viggiani
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1782384081
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If memory was simply about past events, public authorities would never put their ever-shrinking budgets at its service. Rather, memory is actually about the present moment, as Pierre Nora puts it: "Through the past, we venerate above all ourselves." This book examines how collective memory and material culture are used to support present political and ideological needs in contemporary society. Using the memorialization of the Troubles in contemporary Northern Ireland as a case study, this book investigates how non-state, often proscribed, organizations have filled a societal vacuum in the creation of public memorials. In particular, these groups have sifted through the past to propose "official" collective narratives of national identification, historical legitimation, and moral justifications for violence.

Spirit of the Titanic

Author: Nicola Pierce
Publisher: The O'Brien Press
ISBN: 1847173497
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Fifteen-year-old Samuel Scott died while building the Titanic. As the ship sails to her doom, his ghost moves restlessly alongside the passengers and crew: Frederick Fleet: the young look-out who spotted the iceberg and who survived in a life-boat with (the unsinkable) Molly Brown; Howard Hartley Wallace: the heroic band-leader who played ragtime music as the freezing waters lapped at his feet; Harold Bride: the junior radio operator whose messages echoed on, long after the ship had disappeared to its icy grave …

The Crum

Author: Patrick Greg
Publisher: Gill & MacMillan
ISBN: 9780717141616
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Growing up in Northern Ireland during the 1970s and the 1980s, it was impossible not to be touched by the Troubles in some way. The relentless barrage of bombings and shootings made everyone realise that their society was being fashioned out of conflict. In some ways the most secure careers were in the security forces, yet these jobs could come with a high price. When, at the tender age of twenty-two, Patrick Greg joined the Prison Service at Crumlin Road Prison, he caught a glimpse of what lay beneath the surface of such a place.The people who worked there and the people who were imprisoned there all had a story to tell, yet the building itself held the secrets of much, much more. A deeply imposing structure with a dark and disturbing past, to Greg Crumlin Road Prison was absolutely fascinating. It had seen tragedy and death over a span of over 150 years, and had been home on occasion to some of Northern Ireland's best known political figures. Now Greg explores the history of the Crumlin Road Prison and shares his experiences of a jail that was possibly the most famous of our time.

Reporting the Troubles

ISBN: 9781780731797
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Throughout the seventies, eighties and nineties, the events of the Troubles were headline news throughout the world. Reporting the Troubles brings together over sixty stories from the journalists who were on the ground. This remarkable, important book spans the thirty-year conflict, from the day in 1969 that the violence erupted on Duke Street in Derry, to the Good Friday Agreement and the Omagh bomb. Contributions include: Anne Cadwallader (BBC, RTE, Reuters) on the 1983 Maze breakout, Denis Murray (former BBC Ireland Correspondent) on one of the less-remembered deaths of the Troubles that has stayed with him, John Irvine (ITV News Senior International Correspondent) on covering ten funerals in one week, Paul Faith (Press Association) on taking the famous `Chuckle Brothers' photograph of McGuinness and Paisley, Conor O'Clery (Irish Times) on Ian Paisley, Martin Bell (BBC) on working in Belfast, and staying at the Europa one of the many times it was bombed, Kate Adie (BBC) on a lesson learned from the Troubles, David McKittrick (BBC, Independent) on the peace line.


Author: Caitriona Lally
Publisher: Melville House
ISBN: 1612195970
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"First published in 2015 by Liberties Press."

The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley

Author: Jeremy Massey
Publisher: Riverhead Books (Hardcover)
ISBN: 1101983388
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A dark and unexpected novel about a Dublin undertaker who finds himself on the wrong side of the Irish mob. Paddy Buckley is a grieving widower who has worked for years for Gallagher's, a long-established--some say the best--funeral home in Dublin. One night driving home after an unexpected encounter with a client, Paddy hits a pedestrian crossing the street. He pulls over and gets out of his car, intending to do the right thing. As he bends over to help the man, he recognizes him. It's Donal Cullen, brother of one of the most notorious mobsters in Dublin. And he's dead. Shocked and scared, Paddy jumps back in his car and drives away before anyone notices what's happened. The next morning, the Cullen family calls Gallagher's to oversee the funeral arrangements. Paddy, to his dismay, is given the task of meeting with the grieving Vincent Cullen, Dublin's crime boss, and Cullen's entourage. When events go awry, Paddy is plunged into an unexpected eddy of intrigue, deceit, and treachery. By turns a thriller, a love story, and a black comedy of ill manners, The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley is a surprising, compulsively readable debut novel. From the Hardcover edition.

The Dirty Dust Cr Na Cille

Author: Mirtn Cadhain
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300198493
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In an Irish graveyard, the corpses are distracted by local jealousies and petty disputes assuming global importance. Their banter is full of news of above-ground happenings, received from the recently arrived. As we listen in on the gossip, rumors, backbiting, complaining, and obsessing of the local community, we learn that in the afterlife the same old life goes on beneath the sod.