Akron Irish: Say What?

Bobby Sands Mural in Belfast

Explore the impactful book “Say Nothing” by Patrick Radden Keefe, delving into the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Uncover the complexity of political motives, personal stories, and the enduring mystery of Jean McConville’s murder. Gain insights into the dynamics that shaped Ireland’s history.

This Just In: Gaeltacht Quarter’s Street Signage Plan

Cromac Street sign in Belfast City

The Belfast City Council has proposed erecting bilingual street signs en bloc across 309 streets in the Gaeltacht Quarter, addressing the backlog of applications for dual-language signage. The proposal will save the council significant time and resources, estimated at over £185,000 compared to handling each street individually. This initiative is particularly significant given West Belfast’s high concentration of Irish speakers and the community’s efforts to promote the Irish language.

This Just In: Irish History Talks from Clifton House, Belfast

Clifton House in Belfast presents its President’s Talk series featuring renowned historians as guest speakers this Autumn. These talks will be broadcast via Zoom, with tickets starting at £5. Topics include Olaudah Equiano, an abolitionist’s journey, and loyalist memory of the 1798 Rebellion. For booking and more details, visit the provided links.

Leaping the Dark Hedges with the House of Stock

Our June issue has arrived, featuring The House of Stock, leaping the Dark Hedges in Stranocum, Ballymoney, County Antrim, N. Ireland, and The Irish and Celtic FANtastic Festival Focus Series. […]

Donnybrook: Belfast Garners Seven Oscar Nominations

Donnybrook: Belfast Garners Seven Oscar Nominations By John Myers Kenneth Branagh’s semi-auto biographical movie set in Belfast at the beginning of The Troubles has been nominated for seven (7) different […]

Northern Exposure: Akron Irish

  Akron Irish: Northern Exposure By Lisa O’Rourke This happens to everyone; you run into someone you haven’t seen in months and you run into them at least three more […]


ON THIS DAY in IRISH HISTORY APRIL 5 April 1855 – The Dublin-Belfast railway is completed with building of the Boyne viaduct at Drogheda. 5 April 1962 – Guinness formally […]

The Extraordinary Stories of Northern Ireland

The Extraordinary Stories of Northern Ireland By Maria Kesic This past summer, I went on the John Carroll University Ireland Peacebuilding program to study the Troubles and peacebuilding efforts in […]