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Brian John Spencer
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Writer and artist and vlogger
Writer and artist and vlogger

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Ireland was never united
It was written  in 1913: "The Celtic Church no doubt had its golden age. It produced saints and men of learning. It sent out its missionaries to the heathen beyond the seas. So famous were its schools that students came to them from distant lands. But centu...
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"Look to Belfast and be a repealer if you can..."
Illustration  depicting Cooke’s Challenge to O’Connell within the  context of the Union. Henry Cooke issued  this challenged to Daniel O’Connell when the latter came to Belfast in January 1841: "Look at Belfast, a glorious sight, the masted groves in the ha...
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"This everlasting teaching of hatred of England..."
Edna Longley observed : "Irish Catholics and Ulster protestants not only tend to remember different things, but remember them in different ways." Fiona Kennedy wrote  in the Irish Times: "When I was a child I learned from my grandmother that the Protestant ...
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American independence was England's second civil war
Poor old England endeavoring to reclaim his wicked american children. And therefore is England maimed & forc'd to go with a staff Christopher Hitchens  wrote : "I would like to claim the American Revolution as part of an English revolution all the same,  it...
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Neither in Welsh nor in Irish did a word exist for ‘republic’."
‘David Lloyd George blessing James Craig’, by Shemus Kenneth O Morgan in the No 10 guest historian series, 'Prime Ministers and No. 10', wrote : "He held a series of talks with the Sinn Fein leader, Eamon De Valera, at Downing Street in July 1921, at which ...
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Ed Moloney - The IRA set out in Spring and early Summer of 1971 to exploit circumstances and to force the British into a premature and ill-prepared internment swoop
Operation Demetrius involved the location, arrest and internment of 342 people in three days. These arrests sparked protests and riots in several Catholic areas across Northern Ireland. The worst of the rioting broke out in Ballymurphy in west Belfast. Only...
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George Bernard Shaw wrote - Am I not a protestant to the very narrow of my bones?
George Bernard Shaw wrote , "Am I not a protestant to the very narrow of my bones?" And he also said: "My own family and antecedents are ultra-Protestant; and I am a bit to the left of Protestantism myself." George Bernard Shaw wrote  elsewhere: "Ulster chi...
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Sinn Fein abstained from the vote on the Good Friday Agreement
David Trimble said  to Alex Kane: "Sinn Fein were heavily opposed to a Northern Ireland Assembly. In December 1997 it was proving almost impossible to get them to even agree to put an Assembly on the agenda. The SDLP wanted it on the agenda but they weren’t...
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