Short stories and articles
"The Sniper" by Liam O'Flaherty
"To Keep the Faith" by Michael Becket
The main theme of the story is the conflict in Northern Ireland and its repercussions. In the story, one of the characters has become a victim of the Catholics, while another character has died in a cross fire in the city of Derry.
"Walking the Dog" by Bernard MacLaverty
The story suggests a tense, violent social context during the Troubles which has become the norm. The writer’s message is that when power is abused, people become trapped like dogs on a leash.
"Father and Son" by Bernard MacLaverty
"Good Girl" by Maria Conlon-McKenna
In “Good Girl”, there are two different references to violence. There is violence at the general level of society during the Troubles and the violence the main character was subjected to by other children. The first type of violence - the political one - was the cause of the second. The story mentions the peace talks and ceasefire agreements during the conflict.
"Cyprus Avenue" by Lucy Caldwell
"Cyprus Avenue" is set in contemporary times. The story suggests the present racial prejudices against Irish people and the fears of British authorities. The story also describes how many people from Northern Ireland chose to leave Northern Ireland for good.
"No Angel" by Bernie McGill
The main character of the story has to deal with the grief of losing all her family as her brother died during the Troubles in Northern Ireland and her mother died grieving her brother. This surrealist story shows that a way to deal with loss is to accept it instead of fighting it.
"Belfast Protests Leaving Scars on Schoolchildren" by Brian Lavery
The main theme of the article is the impact of the conflict in Northern Ireland. A sub-theme of the article is the effects of political conflicts on children. The article also touches upon the Good Friday Agreement (The Belfast Agreement) from 1998.
Below are further suggestions for texts or movies that may be relevant when working with Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Troubles. We do not currently have study guides for these texts, but maybe you can be inspired to look for some of these titles yourself.