Sunday, May 22, 2016
According to Northern Ireland elections statistics, only 56% of registered voters in the Foyle District turned out to vote in last month's elections. As an historian of Derry, this breaks my heart a little.
Look at the photo to the left. Those are real people. Historical figures, some of them, like Eddie McAteer and Bernadette Devlin McAliskey. Civil rights steward Vinnie Coyle. Others, probably, not known to me. And then the faces of the young, the hopeful, the indignant, the worried. The faces of the civil rights movement.
Which -- of course -- was in large part a movement for for the right for every adult citizen to have a vote.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
And another legend passes.
Paddy Doherty had not been well for the past several years, but it was still hard to hear that he passed away on the 7th January, 2016. Touted as the face of the civil rights movement in Derry, he was a legend. He was a firebrand and an ideas man and a figure of controversy. He was a neighbor, a friend, a husband, the patriarch of his clan.
|Derry Journal 1/8/16|
Doherty is not the first of his generation to pass. Solicitor Claude Wilton, of ' Say nahing de ye see Claude' fame died in 2008. Photographer Larry Doherty, responsible for capturing on film some of the most iconic images of the early Troubles, died last year. Others have passed and more will follow.
It is too soon, perhaps, to say how they will be, or indeed, should be, remembered.