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Review: Martin Lynch’s “We’ll walk hand in hand”

Review: Martin Lynch’s “We’ll walk hand in hand”

We’ll Walk Hand in Hand is a play that was recently shown in the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. The play was written to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. Its’ playwright, Martin Lynch, is a household name in Belfast and beyond.

l-r:  James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell), Erin Quinn (Saoirse Jackson), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland), Clare Devlin (NIcola Coughlan),

Derry Girls: Laughter and tears of working-class life during Troubles

It’s fair to say that the Channel 4 hit Derry Girls, which was commissioned for a second series after its first episode, had us all in laughter and tears by the end of it. The series is set in Derry, a “troubled little corner of the world” as Erin puts it, with the backdrop of the Troubles. It follows a group of teenage girls and a “wee English fella” as they grapple with teenage angst and all the fun that comes along with it in the context of sectarian conflict and steeped in nineties nostalgia.

Irish language abused by Orange and Green politicians

Irish language abused by Orange and Green politicians

In the final days of the last Assembly Executive, before it collapsed under the weight the RHI scandal, the issue of Irish language rights re-emerged. The DUP’s Paul Givan announced a cut to the Líofa bursary scheme, which provides financial assistance to young people to attend Irish language courses in gaeltacht areas. With the sectarian line drawn, as expected, both the DUP and Sinn Féin lined up to take pot shots at one another, with the other 3 of the main parties sniping from the sidelines.

Film Review: ‘Pride’

Film Review: ‘Pride’

The film Pride is set against the backdrop of the miners’ strike during the Thatcher era in the 1980s. It is a light-hearted comedy that manages to give an uplifting sense of solidarity between the miners on strike and the LGBT community. The film opens with the Solidarity Forever anthem […]

Obituary: Colin McQuillan

Obituary: Colin McQuillan

On the 18th August 2014, Belfast lost one of its favourite sons in Colin McQuillan, front man of local band Runnin’ Riot. Colin, aged 46, died in his sleep in London while on tour supporting Old Firm Casuals on their UK tour. As singer for the popular street punk/oi! Band, […]

Review: Two Days, One Night – Dardenne Brothers Film

Firstly I must comment on how I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It’s drama and social content were very hard-hitting. The film would be quite useful for socialists and Marxists because of its portrayal of exploitation under capitalism. The movie highlights well the drama of the main character Sandra who was […]