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Stevie McCrea mural

A new mural recently opened in the Village area of South Belfast dedicated to our friend and comrade Stevie McCrea, fondly known as “X-ray”. 30 years ago 16th February 1989 Stephen had just finished his last day of work at the Belfast enterprise zone on the “work out” ACE scheme. Stevie, a highly thought of …

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Reformation Sunday

Today is reformation Sunday which marks Martin Luther’s actions at Wittenberg prompting the beginning of the Protestant Faith which remade Christianity in the West. The reason for our very existence. On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 Theses to the wooden doors of the local church in Wittenberg, Germany. …

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Loyalists stop riots, create jobs, challenge racism and promote inclusion, so why do we only ever hear about regressive elements who want to turn the clock back?

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/peter-shirlow-loyalists-stop-riots-create-jobs-challenge-racism-and-promote-inclusion-so-why-do-we-only-ever-hear-about-regressive-elements-who-want-to-turn-the-clock-back-38624488.html?fbclid=IwAR1lma9_G8ud-G83csc1Vh18cf5yWZ9Ku6uYd_LoHxiktp5sBiN0YzxqJuw

Loyalists feel that if they use the same threats that they might achieve their ends

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-loyalists-say-dublin-has-destroyed-trust-built-with-them-over-decades-1-9116161?fbclid=IwAR3MA3-akljinu3mXfeiPV47NYIZkLXZsQdVb11efYc5Z_MJaqISkRrEDb4 East Belfast loyalist Mr Wilson of REACH, who describes himself as ‘a former combatant’ linked to the RHC, said there was “a lot of anger” at the meeting. “Loyalists feel that if they use the same threats that they might achieve their ends. And that has to be answered by people in the Alliance …

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Interesting new mural

A new mural within the Rathcoole estate, Newtownabbey.   It depicts the image of one of the very first Red Hand patrols in the 1970s. Patrols set up to defend their community. Members of the Red Hand could often be seen patrolling the ‘no-go’ areas in loyalist strongholds, sometimes enacting unarmed combat routines for the …

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Loyalists feel cheated

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-10-19/loyalists-feel-cheated-as-johnson-s-brexit-plan-threatens-to-open-old-wounds/?fbclid=IwAR27p_UmtXDTS0y_fxS_YL0dNhCZsJ2I2AvbyupD-izBKWkLi8kXiTHe61g Jim Wilson of REACH is correct. In the video within the link he asks “if threats of violence on one side achieve something, do you not think the other side will turn around and say the only way that we are going to get a decision for us is to bring violence to the …

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Mr Bryan Wockley

Today members of Dalaradia/RATH. Community Group hosted Mr Bryan Wockley from the office of the US Consulate General in Northern Ireland. Mr Wockley who hails from Vermont has held a number of posts including the Human Rights Officer of the U.S. Embassy. He visited various areas within North Belfast including Rathcoole, the second biggest housing …

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“I don’t want to see another one of our kids going through that again”.

As usual, we have seen scaremongering and threats of violence from Republicans when something doesn’t suit them. Just hours ago during a channel 4 interview a representative of the “new” IRA stated any border infrastructure would be a “legitimate target for attack”. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=372250946988504 Referring to the troubles he added: “Whilst many volunteers have experience of …

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‘We had a tiger by the tail’: The forgotten loyalists of the peace process

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/we-had-a-tiger-by-the-tail-the-forgotten-loyalists-of-the-peace-process-1.4047793?mode=amp&fbclid=IwAR31wCMS3uokCAJHBzpVVbdFUKxK7uzL237GmdQG6mf_fjeKwjhOzXHNnCc    

No return to hell – By Brian Rowan

https://eamonnmallie.com/2019/10/no-return-to-hell-by-brian-rowan/?fbclid=IwAR3IdJs-cU_9JEosHABsbAMP_sOaLI-Sbpk0cISHfdXsUiuKv7WYSPOY5Uo   “On the Shankill Road on Saturday they were remembering William ‘Plum’ Smith and marking the 25th anniversary of the loyalist ceasefire due on October 13. It was a Smith-family initiative and exhibition supported by the project Action for  Community Transformation (ACT). These  types of events, documenting key moments in our history, are so …

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