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Personal Accounts of the Northern Ireland Conflict

From 2015 the main source of information
on personal accounts of the conflict will be:

Accounts of the Conflict


However, there are some personal accounts, and related materials, contained within the CAIN Web site – this page will provide links to this information. There is a full list of publications that contain stories, in the CAIN Bibliography.


Published Collections of Accounts


The Cost of the Troubles Study. (1998). 'Do you see what I see?' Young People's experience of the Troubles in their own words and photographs

Harris, Helen. and Healy, Eileen. (eds.) (2001). Everyday Resistance, in, 'strong about it all...' Rural and urban women's experiences of the security forces in Northern Ireland.

Kerr, Adrian. (compiled) (1996). Perceptions: Cultures in Conflict

Lindsay, John. (compiled) (1998). Brits Speak Out: British soldiers' impressions of the Northern Ireland Conflict

Sligo County Council. (2011). Silent Voices. Sligo: Community & Enterprise Department, Sligo County Council.

Spencer, Graham. (2005). 'Stanley McCombe', in, Omagh: Voices of Loss. Dublin: The Appletree Press Ltd.. ... [8736]


Testimonies / Statements

Ardoyne Commemoration Project. (2002). Ardoyne: The Untold Truth. Belfast: Beyond the Pale Publications. ... [4426]
See also: Ardoyne: The Untold Truth, and Community, 'Truth-telling' and Conflict Resolution

Kennally, Danny., and Preston, Eric. (1971). Belfast August 1971: a Case to be Answered. London: Independent Labour Party.



The following autobiographies contain accounts by the authors:

Daly, Edward. (2000). 'A Defining Moment', chapter 14 in, Mister, Are You A Priest? Dublin: Four Courts Press.

Devlin, Bernadette. (1969). The Price of My Soul. London: Pan Books Ltd.

Grimaldi, Fulvio. (1998). Blood in the Street

McCann, Eamon. (1993 3rd ed.). War and an Irish Town

McClean, Raymond. (1983). The Road to Bloody Sunday. Swords: Ward River.

Restorick, Rita. (2000). 'Sharing our Grief', in, Death of a Soldier: A mother's search for peace in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Blackstaff Press. ... [4180] - [Chapter in Book]

White, Shane. (2000). Before the Bandits. Derry: Guildhall Press. ... [4184] - [Book]


Other Related Publications

Pringle, Peter and Jacobson, Philip. (2000). 'Don't move, pretend you're Dead', chapter 10 in, Those are real bullets, aren't they? London: Fourth Estate.

McKay, Susan. (2000). 'Portadown: Bitter Harvest', in, Northern Protestants: An Unsettled People. Belfast: Blackstaff. ... [4179] - [Book]

O Connor, Fionnuala. (1993). 'Shifting, Complex and Ambiguous - Political Allegiance', in, In Search of a State.

Rolston, Bill. (2000). 'Shoot to Kill: Gervaise McKerr, Sean Burns and Eugene Toman; Michael Tighe; Seamus Grew and Roddy Carroll', in, Unfinished Business: State Killings and the Quest for Truth.


CAIN Bibliography

There are other items in the CAIN Bibliography that have been marked as personal accounts.


External Web Sites

An Crann / The Treee
Night Rider
A film account of life as a taxi driver in Belfast

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
BBC Legacy Series {external_link}
Radio Ulster's Legacy documented the experiences of people affected by the Troubles. The web site contains a selection of 14 audio extracts from the programmes.

Diversity Challenges
Twenty-one (21) video interviews <>
Ten (10) audio interviews <>

Eastside Communtiy Heritage
Hidden Histories: Ireland
Ireland - What was that about?
Six (6) personal accounts related to the British Army and the Troops Out Movement.

FAIR (Families Acting for Innocent Relatives) [Old Web site]
Contains four (4) video stories. Also available on YouTube.

JIVT Ltd. (Justice for the Innocent Victims of Terrorism)
Four (4) testimonies available on-line in video format

Queen's University Belfast - Cahal McLaughlin
Prisons Memory Archive {external_link}
Thirty (30) video interviews available on-line.

Shared Troubles - Anonymous Individual Compiler
Shared Troubles [ - Website not available in October 2014 (The website was active when checked on 26 March 2014)]

University of Ulster and Queen Mary, University of London
The Irish Borderlands project {external_link}

Verbal Arts Centre
Ten Stories High {external_link}
Eight (8) short video stories related to life in the Fountain area of Derry.

WAVE Trauma Centre
Stories of Silence


CAIN contains information and source material on the conflict and politics in Northern Ireland.
CAIN is based within Ulster University.

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