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"Building a people’s peace" - Nichola Mallon, deputy leader of the SDLP

Posted on: 30 April 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Women holding a cooking pot

This guest blog by Nichola Mallon, deputy leader of the SDLP and former Lord Mayor of Belfast (2014-2015), looks at the challenges facing the city of Belfast and the progress that has been made, influenced by the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.


On the streets of Belfast: entering the “everydayness of violence”

Posted on: 20 April 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Alley in Belfast

This guest blog by photographer Chad Alexander, who was born in 1990, reveals his experiences capturing images of Belfast and life in the city after the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.


Liverpool: Celebrating 10 years as the Capital of Culture

Posted on: 14 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Liverpool Docks

This year, Liverpool will come together once more to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of being named the European Capital of Culture. Here, we will explore some of the highlights 2018 will bring as a celebration, and check out some other big names that turn 10, too!


How Representative was the Representation of the People Act?

Posted on: 5 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Satirical cartoon of Suffragette

As the UK commemorates 100 years since (some) women were given the right to vote, Dr Diane Urquhart considers how 'representative' the 1918 Representation of the People Act was.


Our top tips to beat the Blue Monday blues this January

Posted on: 15 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

A group of teenage boys and girls

January blues can be tough. But what should you do when Blue Monday comes around when you're trying to prepare for your exams?


Enda Kenny video interview - Ireland's border after Brexit

Posted on: 4 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Enda Kenny

Former Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, talks to us about Ireland's border after Brexit and his vision for Ireland's future.


Irelandness - by Grammy nominated songwriter, Johnny McDaid

Posted on: 7 November 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Songwriter, producer and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Irish Studies, Johnny McDaid blogs about celebrating his Irish identity and Irish culture.


Video interview: Orla Guerin on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and reporting whilst under fire

Posted on: 30 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Headshot of Orla Guerin

As part of Liverpool Irish Festival, we spoke to veteran BBC news correspondent Orla Guerin about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and what it's like reporting whilst under fire. Watch the video interview to hear about Orla's experiences reporting in the Middle East.


Viking zombies and how to kill them

Posted on: 27 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Illustration of a monster grabbing a man

Viking expert and senior lecturer in Irish Studies, Dr Clare Downham, tells us some gruesome tales about viking zombies and explains what these stories might mean and how they compare to contemporary representations of the undead.


'Life Beyond the PhD' and creative networking

Posted on: 28 September 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Emma is currently researching a PhD on \"The Roots of Radicalism: Networks, Organisation, and the Irish Revolution, 1913-1919” with us. Here, she is blogging about her experiences as a distance learner.


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