Friday 18 October 2019

Lyra McKee on Northern Ireland, the ceasefire, suicide, difficult conversations and hope

"We were the Good Friday Agreement generation, spared from the horrors of war. But still, the after effects of those horrors seemed to follow us." Suicide Among the Ceasefire Babies. The Atlantic, 2016.

"The tragic irony of life in Northern Ireland today is that peace seems to have claimed more lives than war ever did"

The Belfast Telegraph, 2016.


"Derry is such a beautiful city. I've fallen in love with it over the past year, while falling in love with a woman who hails from it.  Here's to better times ahead and saying goodbye to bombs and bullets once and for all."

Lyra McKee on Twitter.


"There were times that I would lie in bed as a teenager, bargaining with God, asking him not to send me to Hell because I was so convinced I was going there...I think it's the same for a lot of other LGBT young people."

TedxStormontWomen November 2017.


"Kid, it's going to be okay. I know you're not feeling that way right now.  You're sitting in school. The other kids are making fun of you. You told the wrong person you had a crush and soon, they all knew your secret and it's horrible. They make your life hell."

Letter to my 14 Year Old Self, and The Muckracker 2014.


"Just got the proofs for my book (Angels with Blue Faces) after seven years of work and not knowing if it would ever get published. It's a pretty amazing feeling to see it."

Lyra McKee on Twitter, March 2018.


"We need to do the one thing that I didn't want to do when I left school at 16 - we need to have conversations, difficult conversations, and fight for the hearts and minds of those who oppose us."

TedxStormontWomen November 2017.


"I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to tell this story and to hopefully help find answers for the families who desperately need them."

Faber, 2018, regarding the journalist's soon-to-be published book, Lost Boys.


"And time is running out to hold any of the British soldiers to account; the youngest are now in their sixties at least. Yet there’s some hope. Recently, a three-month inquest into the shootings was set for September 2018." 2017.


"Derry tonight. Absolute madness."

Lyra McKee's final tweet. Thursday, April 18. Holy Thursday night.


Read more here: Lyra McKee was a 'prodigiously talent journalist, one of the brightest and best of her generation'

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