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Belfast man Robinson: the real hero of Soleheadbeg

  On Easter Saturday 1916 the Belfast Volunteers travelled to Coalisland to link up with the Tyrone contingent. Daniel Braniff, a native of Dromara now domiciled in Belfast, expected to travel to Coalisland on the Saturday. However, he received orders from Denis McCullough to stay in Belfast. Braniff had spent several years in Scotland actively […]

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Robinson brothers were imbued with patriotic spirit

  A great amount of information has recently surfaced about the men and women who partook in the Easter Rising and the ensuing War of Independence. There is no doubt that there has been a renewed interest in the subject, especially among young people. After a lecture and discussion about the life of Winifred Carney […]

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Spain proved a graveyard for many good men

  On the road from Coalisland to Dungannon a memorial plaque stands on the face of a very large stone. The plaque commemorates the life of Charlie Donnelly who was born in the nearby townland of Killybrackey on June 10, 1914. Charlie was a writer, poet and a left wing political activist who fought and […]

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Who fired the shots at Stewartstown village?

Few of the 130 Volunteers who travelled to Coalisland on Easter Saturday 1916 had any inkling about the forthcoming Rising. The Belfast organiser, Denis McCullough, received a message on Good Friday morning from Dr Patrick McCartan asking him to attend a meeting. He immediately set out for Tyrone and reached Carrickmore at lunchtime. There he […]

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Queen’s visit brings back varied memories

  As I write this the Queen of England and the Duke of Edinburgh are in Bushmills. The royal visit was overshadowed by the homecoming of the province’s soccer team. They were greeted by thousands of fans while the queen arrived almost unnoticed. The Secretary of State was busy furthering her political career in London […]

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The prince, the UDR and ‘failure of the few’

The Duke of York is in the news again with accusations of impropriety coming from USA. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace has made a statement refuting the allegations and assuring us of his innocence. That’s good enough for me, but I’m baffled as to why the refutal has not been backed up by any Norn […]

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