My Essay on Northern Ireland

Writing about politics in Northern Ireland is a risky business and with every sentence you suspect you’re polishing a rod for your own back.

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This is a short essay I wrote for the International Literary Showcase about Crossing Borders – my thoughts on my nationality prompted by the 1916 centenary last year.

Here’s a short snippet from the introduction…

“Last year Ireland marked the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. This disastrous rebellion was the spark that led, a few years later, to Irish independence. Freedom was to come at a high price: a peace treaty with the British demanded part of the island remain under their rule which caused a bitter civil war that tore the country apart. The Pro-Treaty side won. A rift had been carved into the psyche of the newly freed Irish, and on the land itself, when the border between North and South was drawn.”

Head over here to read the full essay.

This piece was commissioned as part of the International Literature Showcase’s ‘Crossing Borders‘ series.

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