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Belfast Twelfth of July: Part 1

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Current Events, Europe, Ireland, Journalism Today, Places to Trek | 0 comments

Background: The annual July 12th parades occur every year in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The event celebrates the victory of Protestant King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, which marked the beginning of Protestant Loyalist rule in Northern Ireland. Since this date there has been almost constant violence between the Protestant communities, that view themselves as loyal to the British government, and the Catholic communities, that want a united Ireland free of British rule. Northern Ireland, currently, is almost split 50/50 between the percentage of Protestant and Catholics living in the region. In Belfast, many of these neighbourhoods are split by barriers or “peace walls.” Even though Protestant and Catholic residences may live a few yards from one another, they rarely or never interact. Violence and separation has always been a constant reality in these communities, even since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 “officially ended “The Troubles.” Still, 90% of schoolchildren attend segregated schools and paramilitary groups control their specified localities. During the parades in Belfast the Protestants, of the Orange Order and Ulster Loyalist, march across the city dressed in uniforms, while flying the banners of their communities. Many of these marches go through Catholic neighborhoods, which provokes violence and disorder. Nationalist mural Unionist mural Plastic bullet fired...

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Reflections:with Brendan Kennelly

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Europe, Ireland, Journalism Today, Literature, Media, Places to Trek | 0 comments

Interview with Irish poet Brendan Kennelly. 

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crossfade: Dublin’s underground club scene

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Europe, Ireland, Journalism Today, Media, Music, Places to Trek | 0 comments

A documentary about the underground club scene in Dublin that has emerged from the ashes of the recession in Ireland....

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The City Of Love…Paris

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Europe, France, Places to Trek, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Paris is a place that initially gives you a rush of euphoria with her beauty and the excitement she has to offer. Food, wine, architecture and culture contribute to making her the most romantic city in the world. It is a city where the greats once roamed. Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Picasso, Dali, etc. wondered drunkenly about the city, ages ago, and laid the road for dreamers alike to follow. It is a place for lovers where,...

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Rum, Chorizo, and New Years In Spain

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Europe, Places to Trek, Spain, Uncategorized | 0 comments

“There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day. Night life is when you get up with a hangover in the morning. Night life is when everybody says what the hell and you do not  remember who paid the bill. Night life goes round and round and you look at the wall to make it stop. Night life comes out of a...

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