What to Watch:
Children in the Crossfire, a 1974 documentary by the BBC explores the realities and effect of The Troubles on the children who grew up during that period in Belfast and in the largest housing estate in Derry, Northern Ireland: the infamous Cregan Estate.
In 1975, members of The Miami Showband, a popular Irish band, were murdered in a terrifying attack by the Ulster Volunteer Force. This remastered documentary, The Miami Showband Massacre, explores the truth behind the tragedy, and gives insight into the deadly and destructive environment in Ireland throughout The Troubles.
What to Read:
Get to know the show’s writer and performer, Geraldine Hughes, in this interview with Irish News‘ Jenny Lee last year ahead of her final performances of Belfast Blues at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
This 2019 best-seller by Patrick Radden Keefe is an intricate nonfiction account of The Troubles, beginning with a notorious murder in Divis Flats, Belfast, the site of many early childhood events described vividly in Belfast Blues.
What to Listen to:
This non-partisan podcast by Irishman Oisin Feeney breaks down the facts and the accounts of the individuals involved in many of the attacks and heartbreaks during The Troubles.
“It’s amazing to look back at the various famous songs that came out of that painful period in Ireland’s history.”
Irish Central recently put together a collection of anti-war anthems and Republican ballads – a look back at the most famous songs from during that painful period in Ireland’s history, including friend of Irish Rep, Tommy Makem’s “Four Green Fields.”
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