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Pádraigín Drinan

Pádraigín Drinan grew up in west Belfast and joined the Republican Labour Party in 1966 on the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. “As I was very young and at school, I was probably the only person to bunk off...

Pilib O Runai

Setting up an Irish nursery

Pilib learnt some Irish at school, which was not common at the time something that was not very common at that time. He grew up with the language being spoken around him and always had an interest in it. He participat...

Mike Maloney

From Australia to Belfast

Mike was brought up in Australia. His family, which is of Irish extraction, moved many times and he recalls going to nine different schools and living in seven different houses. His father’s love of writing and journa...

Fergus O Hare

Talking to the civil rights campaigner

Part One of an extended interview. This personal story is subtitled. The movement for civil rights across the world in the late 1960s acted as a catalyst for Fergus whilst at University College Dublin to think more...

Dealing with the Past

Lives affected by the Troubles

Interviews from those whose lives were affected by the Troubles. Alan McBride Alan lost his wife and father-in-law in the Shankill bomb in October 1993, murdered by the IRA. “I’ve been hurt and damaged, I’ve...

Eileen Bell

Politics, community work and peace activism

Eileen has worked extensively in Northern Ireland politics, community work and peace activism. “I was brought up to believe that everybody was the same, that there were no differences…”    Born in Dromara at the en...

Joanna McMinn

Advancing women's education

Joanna moved to Dublin from Cornwall, at the age of 17, to enrol at the National University of Ireland. “It was 1967 at the beginning of all the riots and student protests in Paris, it was a very exciting time. When I...

Mark Ervine

Talking to the mural artist

Mark’s childhood was spent growing up in the Woodstock and Ravenhill areas of east Belfast, a socially deprived area of the city, a loyalist community and one where as Mark explains  ‘There was a great sense of commun...

Michael Paterson

A path to clinical psychology

Marie Breen-Smyth, Associate Dean International, University of Surrey talks to Dr Michael Patterson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist about the injuries he received while on patrol with the Royal Ulster Constabulary. ...

Jim Deery

Community development in North Belfast

Jim’s childhood was spent growing up on the Cregagh estate in east Belfast. His family moved to north Belfast when he was ten. “My fond memories of north Belfast are the Cavehill, I think it’s an underused tourist ...

Tar Anall

Conway Mill Drop In Centre

The 50+ Group was established several years ago by a group of Republican women in Tar Anall, a Drop In Centre for Republican prisoners and their families based in Conway Mill, west Belfast. “After the peace came, a...