Aug
13

Final Summer Thoughts on Northern Ireland

     Wow!  What a rewarding time it’s been…      Since I’m going back to school later this week, I decided to wrap up the “Summer” part of my research, and I will take a decent break on anything Terence O’Neill-related for awhile.  It will be good to clear my head from the constant flow…
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Aug
06

Burning Down the House (of Lords)

     Hi everybody!      As my summer research winds down, I felt it was fitting to examine the concluding years of Terence O’Neill’s political career, when he served in the British House of Lords as Lord O’Neill of the Maine.  I’ve gathered most information on this period from Hansard Society transcripts, which you…
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Jul
31

The Fall of the O’Neill Ministry: Causality, not Destiny

     Three years after a failed coup against his premiership, Terence O’Neill was still smarting from dissent within the Unionist Party’s parliamentary wing.  Events beginning on New Year’s Day, 1969, did not help his circumstances.

Jul
26

The Birth of the Northern Irish Civil Rights Movement: Twilight of the O’Neill Years

     Hi there everybody!      In the past few weeks, I’ve dedicated much of my post content to O’Neill’s politically ideology, and to showing you how I’m making sense of his value system.  This time, however, I want to explain a topic I have been hinting at for quite some time: the sudden turn…
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Jul
21

Conflicting Visions of a Province-to-be: Consumerism and Protest in Northern Ireland

     Hi everybody,      In the past few days, I’ve spent a decent amount of time going over a slew of academic writings on what “modernity” meant during O’Neill’s time.  As a result of this work, I feel that I have a much stronger theoretical framework with which to reinterpret the O’Neill Ministry’s…
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