Derry is a county in Ireland.
Impatiently waiting for The Sligo Champion to appear in the shops on a Wednesday evening is a vivid childhood memory. The weekly dopamine hit as the sprawling broadsheet was angled open in the car on the way home from school. My perusal of the local paper always started at the at the back – the excellent sports section.
James (Jim) J Fitzpatrick, who has died at the age of 92, was an important figure over many years in the media and politics of Northern Ireland. He was born in Belfast on July 15, 1929, a son of prominent solicitor James F Fitzpatrick and Ann (née Boylan), a schoolteacher from Ballybay, Co Monaghan. Jim was one of eight children .
Uncertain of the exact location, the pictures in my head tell me it’s Donegal. Inishowen, perhaps, or maybe somewhere near my father’s birthplace of Gweedore. I am five or six years old and we’ve driven “over the Border” on this particular Sunday
“Hundreds if not thousands” of Troubles-related convictions could be impacted by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland’s latest investigation findings, a solicitor for four men forced to confess to the killing of a British soldier has said.
The number of Catholic officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is sliding slowly towards 25pc. A key plank of the new beginning to policing envisaged by the Patten Commission and the wider peace process is splintering.
‘Downey, Ellen. Cannot read. Roman Catholic, aged three.” The respective boxes in the 1911 census: a brief entry, but no less precious due to the connection felt with my maternal granny, whose mother the census recorded, and whose details were now in front of me, eagerly sought and tenderly traced as my finger moved along the information as if to bring her to life for a fleeting second. I wish I knew more about her.
While I wasn’t there when it actually burned down, I was among the crowd that besieged the British Embassy in Dublin during the hours before the Georgian building in Merrion Square, Dublin, was torched, on the night of Wednesday, February 2, 1972.
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