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The timeline links together artworks from the archive with historical events

Republican Prisioners in the Maze Prison begin a hunger strike

1980

Hunger strike called off

1980

The hunger strike at the Maze prison is called off after 53 days after an appeal by Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich, Catholic Primate of All Ireland

Film and Television

Maeve

Pat Murphy, John Davies

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The Long Good Friday

John MacKenzie

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The Outsider

Tony Luraschi

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Lamb Bernard MacLaverty

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Performance Arts

Men Of Ireland / The Men In Me

First Performed 1980

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Poetry

In The Lost Province Tom Paulin

Published 1980

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A Partial State Tom Paulin

Published 1980

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Poetry

Anseo Paul Muldoon

Published 1980

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Poetry

The Boundary Commission Paul Muldoon

Published 1980

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Mink Paul Muldoon

Published 1980

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Truce Paul Muldoon

Published 1980

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Theatre

Translations Brian Friel

Year First Performed 1980

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British Maids Colin McGookin

Year Produced 1980

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Sons of the Fathers Colin McGookin

Year Produced 1980

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Source Material Colin McGookin

Year Produced 1980

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Belfast Street Series Martin Forker

Year Produced 1980

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Bobby Sands wins by-election

1981

While on hunger strike in the Maze Prison, Bobby Sands becomes a member of parliament in Westminster

Maze prisoners begin second hunger strike

1981

Hunger strike called off

1981

Bobby Sands dies

1981

After 66 days on hunger strike, Bobby Sands dies in the Maze Prison. A further 9 prisoners die in the following 3 months

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Silver’s City Maurice Leitch

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Galloper Thomson Sam McAughtry

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Performance Arts

Hanging

First Performed 1981

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Whatever you say, say nothing Colum Sands

Released 1981

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If it wasn’t for the border Colum Sands

Released 1981

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Down on Dunseverick Strand Diarmuid Delargy

Year Produced 1981

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Banflags Colin McGookin

Year Produced 1981

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We’ll Keep Tabs on You Colin McGookin

Year Produced 1981

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Northern Ireland: A Framework for Devolution published

1982

The British government publishes a white paper on devolution in Northern Ireland

The DeLorean sports car factory closes

1982

The factory in Dunmurry closes with the loss of 1,500 jobs.

The IRA bombs Regent’s Park & Hyde Park

1982

These bombings result in the deaths of 11 soldiers and 7 horses

The Northern Ireland Act establishes rules for the proposed Assembly

1982

RUC officers killed by IRA bomb

1982

Droppin’ Well pub in Ballykelly bombed by INLA

1982

Eleven soldiers and seven civilians are killed

Film and Television

Harry’s Game

Lawrence Gordon Clark

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Too Late to Talk to Billy

Paul Seed

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Angel

Neil Jordan

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Literature

A Time To Dance and Other Stories Bernard MacLaverty

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Traditional Music

The Last House in our Street Colum Sands

Released 1982

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Theatre

Diary of a Hunger Strike Peter Sheridan

Year First Performed 1982

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The Long March Anne Devlin

Year First Performed 1982

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The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty Martin Lynch

Year First Performed 1982

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Linnegan’s Kitchen I Diarmuid Delargy

Year Produced 1982

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Four Ideas For A New Town, #1 Sean Hillen

Year Produced 1982

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Orange Icons (Carson) Joseph McWilliams

Year Produced 1982

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Green Icons (Pearse) Joseph McWilliams

Year Produced 1982

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The New Ireland Forum holds inaugural meeting

1983

The New Ireland Forum, a conference of nationalists north and south meets in Dublin Castle

38 Republican prisoners escape from the Maze

1983

A prison officer dies from injuries received in the breakout.

The Catholic Reaction Force (CRE) kills three members of the Mountain Lodge Pentecostal Church in Da

1983

Contemporary Music

A Planxty for the Dancer David Byers

Released 1983

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A Matter of Choice for Billy

Paul Seed

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Ascendancy

Edward Bennett

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Literature

Cal Bernard MacLaverty

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All of Us There Polly Devlin

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Healing Wounds

First Performed 1983

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Performance Arts

KIncora

First Performed 1983

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The Rope That Binds Us Makes Them Free

First Performed 1983

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Poetry

Under Creon Tom Paulin

Published 1983

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Desertmartin Tom Paulin

Published 1983

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Of Difference Does It Make Tom Paulin

Published 1983

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Aisling Paul Muldoon

Published 1983

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History Lessons Seamus Deane

Published 1983

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Poetry

Guerrillas Seamus Deane

Published 1983

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Poetry

The More a Man has the More a Man Wants Paul Muldoon

Published 1983

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Poetry

A Burial Seamus Deane

Published 1983

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Traditional Music

The Man From RTÉ Fintan Vallely

Released 1983

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Woman With Peace line and Cavehill Catherine Mc Williams

Year Produced 1983

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On Through the Not So Quiet Lands Diarmuid Delargy

Year Produced 1983

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Londonewry, A Mythical Town, #2 Sean Hillen

Year Produced 1983

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Rhythm of the Beating Colin McGookin

Year Produced 1983

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Irish Landscape 2 Catherine McWilliams

Year Produced 1983

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The final report of the new Ireland Forum is published

1984

Three options are offered for Northern Ireland: a unitary state; a federal arrangement; and a joint authority solution. The report also rejects the use of violence to achieve political change in Northern Ireland.

The Grand Hotel in Brighton bombed

1984

A bomb planted by the Provisional IRA in the Grand Hotel explodes on the last day of the Conservative Party Conference. Five people are killed and many others wounded.

Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald meets Margaret Thatcher

1984

The meeting takes place at Chequers to discuss the potential consequences for constitutional politics in the event of the rise in support for Sinn Fein. At a press conference later that day, Margaret Thatcher rejects the proposals of the New Ireland Forum in her famous &

U2 releases The Unforgettable Fire

1984

Architecture

Lough Lea Northern Ireland Housing Executive

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Film and Television

A Coming to Terms for Billy

Paul Seed

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Contact

Alan Clarke

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Four Days in July (or Hot Potato)

Mike Leigh

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Cal

Pat O’Connor

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Theatre

Northern Star Stewart Parker

Year First Performed 1984

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The Hidden Curriculum Graham Reid

Year First Performed 1984

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Visual Art

Arise O Great Zimbabwe Dermot Seymour

Year Produced 1984

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The Russians will Water their Horses on the Shores of Lough Neagh Dermot Seymour

Year Produced 1984

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Nine RUC officers killed in a mortar attack on Newry police station

1985

Rioting in Portadown as Orange marches are re-routed

1985

The Anglo-Irish Agreement signed

1985

The agreement is signed by Garret Fitzgerald and Margaret Thatcher at Hillsborough Castle. The Agreement introduces an Intergovernmental Conference headed by the Secretary of State and the Irish Foreign Minister, which will meet regularly to promote cross-border cooperat

An Air India plane crashes into the sea 80 miles off the Irish coast

1985

A bomb exploded on board. All 329 passengers and crew are killed.

Film and Television

Ties of Blood

James Ormerod

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Literature

Nothing Happens in Carmincross Benedict Kiely

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Literature

Field of Blood Gerald Seymour

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Poetry

A Question of Covenants Gerald Dawe

Published 1985

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Poetry

The Clock On A Wall of Farringdon Gardens, August 1971 Gerald Dawe

Published 1985

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Poetry

On Slieve Gullion Michael Longley

Published 1985

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Introduction to The Female Line: Northern Irish Women Writers Ruth Hooley (Carr)

Published 1985

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Traditional Music

The Island Paul Brady

Released 1985

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There Were Roses Tommy Sands

Released 1985

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Humpty Dumpty was Pushed Tommy Sands

Released 1985

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Theatre

Ourselves Alone Anne Devlin

Year First Performed 1985

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Now You’re Talkin’ Marie Jones

Year First Performed 1985

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Gagarin’s Room Sean Hillen

Year Produced 1985

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Trojan Horse Ulster Jack Pakenham

Year Produced 1985

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Fog Ice Last Hours of Daylight Willie Doherty

Year Produced 1985

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Rose with a Thorn Dr Martin Forker

Year Produced 1985

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The Sounds Around Blinded Sam’s Son Colin McGookin

Year Produced 1985

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The Northern Ireland Assembly is officially dissolved

1986

The decision was made by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Tom King.

Peter Robinson marches with 500 loyalists to Clontibret

1986

The Deputy leader of the DUP marched into the village in Co Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland. He is later arrested and fined.

Literature

The Way-Paver Anne Devlin

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Naming The Names Anne Devlin

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No Mate for the Magpie Frances Molloy

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Poetry

Floods Frank Ormsby

Published 1986

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Aftermath Frank Ormsby

Published 1986

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Poetry

Enemy Encounter Padraic Fiacc

Published 1986

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Poetry

Sanctus Padraic Fiacc

Published 1986

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Station/An Ordo Padraic Fiacc

Published 1986

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Tears/A Lacrimosa Padraic Fiacc

Published 1986

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Goodbye to Brigid/An Agnus Dei Padraic Fiacc

Published 1986

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Credo Credo Padraic Fiacc

Published 1986

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Kids At War Padraic Fiacc

Published 1986

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Introit Padraic Fiacc

Published 1986

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Poetry

From the Irish James Simmons

Published 1986

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Ulster Says Yes James Simmons

Published 1986

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For Jan Betley James Simmons

Published 1986

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Poetry

Claudy James Simmons

Published 1986

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Protestant Courts Catholic James Simmons

Published 1986

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The Ballad of Gerry Kelly: Newsagent James Simmons

Published 1986

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Poetry

Lament for a Dead Policeman James Simmons

Published 1986

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Traditional Music

A Rose By Any Other Name Gerry Creen

Released 1986

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Theatre

Joyriders Christina Reid

Year First Performed 1986

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Visual Art

Holding the Rope Victor Sloan

Year Produced 1986

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Picking The Masks Jack Pakenham

Year Produced 1986

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Ulster at the Crossroads Jack Pakenham

Year Produced 1986

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Baby You Can Drive My Car Gerry Gleason

Year Produced 1986

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One civilian and 8 members of the IRA are killed in an SAS ambush at Loughgall, Co Armagh

1987

Remembrance Day bombing at Enniskillen

1987

A bomb explodes during the Remembrance Day wreath laying ceremony at the War memorial in Enniskillen. 11 are killed.

U2 release The Joshua Tree

1987

Architecture

Castle Street, Armagh Northern Ireland Housing Executive

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Foreign Bodies

Sydney Lotterby

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Lorna

James Ormerod

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Literature

The Great Profundo and Other Stories Bernard MacLaverty

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Poetry

Meeting the British Paul Muldoon

Published 1987

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Poetry

Christo’s Paul Muldoon

Published 1987

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Poetry

Cocktails Ciaran Carson

Published 1987

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Poetry

Campaign Ciaran Carson

Published 1987

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Poetry

Belfast Confetti Ciaran Carson

Published 1987

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The Irish For No Ciaran Carson

Published 1987

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Army Ciaran Carson

Published 1987

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Poetry

Night Patrol Ciaran Carson

Published 1987

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Poetry

The Haw Lantern Seamus Heaney

Published 1987

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Poetry

From the Frontier of Writing Seamus Heaney

Published 1987

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Traditional Music

The March Ditch Colum Sands

Released 1987

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Theatre

The Venus de Milo Instead (Screenplay) Anne Devlin

Year First Performed 1987

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Pentecost Stewart Parker

Year First Performed 1987

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Somewhere Over the Balcony Marie Jones

Year First Performed 1987

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Soldier Victor Sloan

Year Produced 1987

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Sleeping Venus Diarmuid Delargy

Year Produced 1987

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Who Is My Enemy? Sean Hillen

Year Produced 1987

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Trouble In Paradise, #1 Sean Hillen

Year Produced 1987

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The Wasteland 12 Anthony Davies

Year Produced 1987

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The Workers Anthony Davies

Year Produced 1987

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An Irish Good Friday 2 Dr Martin Forker

Year Produced 1987

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First meeting between John Hume and Gerry Adams

1988

The first in a number of meetings take place between John Hume, leader of the SDLP and Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein. This is considered by some to be the beginning of the Peace Process.

IRA members killed in Gibraltar by SAS

1988

Three unarmed IRA members are killed by undercover members of the SAS.

Michael Stone kills mourners at Milltown Cemetery

1988

During the funerals of the three members of the IRA killed in Gibraltar, Michael Stone, a loyalist gunman, launches a gun and grenade attack on mourners. Three are killed and 50 injured.

Two soldiers killed by mourners

1988

During the funeral of one of those killed in the Milltown Cemetery attack, two soldiers in plainclothes are attacked and killed by mourners.

IRA bomb kills 6 off-duty soldiers in Lisburn

1988

Eight soldiers killed in an IRA bomb in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone

1988

Broadcasting Ban announced

1988

The British government announces a broadcasting ban on direct statements by members of proscribed organisations, including Sinn Fein and the Ulster Defense Association.

Contemporary Music

From the Besieged City Kevin O'Connell

Released 1988

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Film and Television

Elephant

Alan Clarke

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Literature

Burning Your Own Glenn Patterson

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Performance Arts

Unearthed, 1988-1991

First Performed 1988

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Poetry

A Schooling Seamus Deane

Published 1988

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Poetry

Derry Seamus Deane

Published 1988

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Poetry

After Derry, 30 January 1972 Seamus Deane

Published 1988

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The Bomb Disposal Ciaran Carson

Published 1988

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Suitcases in the Foyle Marie Barrett

Year Produced 1988

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Dance State Marie Barrett

Year Produced 1988

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The Imminence of Death Diarmuid Delargy

Year Produced 1988

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Mother Ireland Rita Duffy

Year Produced 1988

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Sectarian Murder Paul Seawright

Year Produced 1988

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Dawn Raid Locky Morris

Year Produced 1988

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Town, Country and People Locky Morris

Year Produced 1988

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Annie Montgomery: The Old Woman of Belfast Dr Martin Forker

Year Produced 1988

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Maggie Moon/Mother Ireland Martin Forker

Year Produced 1988

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Belfast Man Series Martin Forker

Year Produced 1988-1989

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Banshee in a Belfast Toilet Martin Forker

Year Produced 1988

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Stalemate Gerry Gleason

Year Produced 1988

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Beyond the Pale Gerry Gleason

Year Produced 1988

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Pat Finucane murdered in his home

1989

Pat Finucane, a solicitor who had represented a number of Republicans, is hot in his home by members of the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF). Rumours of collusion between Loyalists and security forces follow.

IRA bomb Deal army barracks in Kent

1989

Ten members of the Royal Marines band are killed in an attack on the Deal army barracks.

The Guilford Four are released by the Court of Appeal

1989

The Guilford Four are released on appeal having spent 14 years in prison wrongly convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings

Film and Television

The Grasscutter

Ian Mune

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Literature

Ripley Bogle Robert McLiam Wilson

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Performance Arts

Please keep the door shut, as they tend to come in and slaughter us

First Performed 1989

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Poetry

Hairline Crack Ciaran Carson

Published 1989

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Bloody Hand Ciaran Carson

Published 1989

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Snow Ciaran Carson

Published 1989

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The Mouth Ciaran Carson

Published 1989

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Poetry

Last Orders Ciaran Carson

Published 1989

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Traditional Music

1999 Tommy Sands

Released 1989

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The Marching Season Colum Sands

Released 1989

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Visual Art

Target Marie Barrett

Year Produced 1989

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Market Street, Derry Victor Sloan

Year Produced 1989

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The Horseman (Carrion) Gerry Gleason

Year Produced 1989

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Blue Friday Gerry Gleason

Year Produced 1989

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Nothing is Lost Tom Bevan

Year Produced 1989

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The Sensual Qualities of Weaponry Tom Bevan

Year Produced 1989

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The Executioners Sean Hillen

Year Produced 1989

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Kneecapping Rita Duffy

Year Produced 1989

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Ship of State Rita Duffy

Year Produced 1989

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Brick Wall John Keane

Year Produced 1989

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Murphy ‘s Law Enniskillen John Keane

Year Produced 1989

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Stone Circle John Keane

Year Produced 1989

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The Other Cheek John Keane

Year Produced 1989

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On the Balcony of a Nation Dermot Seymour

Year Produced 1989

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Twist Locky Morris

Year Produced 1989

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My Wee Orange Granny’s Green Fingers Colin McGookin

Year Produced 1989

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Belfast Man Series Martin Forker

Year Produced 1988-1989

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