Category Archives: Catholicism

Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…..Libertarias (1996), a film showing organised by the Manchester Film Co-operative. It’s a historical drama that explores the role that women played in the Spanish Civil War. In 1936 Spain was a deeply conservative Catholic country and the SCW offered … Continue reading

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From the Manchester Martyrs to the Birmingham 6…..

Plaque on Hyde Rd in Manchester which marks the spot where the Fenians were freed in 1867. Book Review:The Manchester Martyrs by Joseph O’Neill (Mercier Press, 2012) ISBN 978-1-85635-951-1 The Martyrs were three members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (also … Continue reading

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Bill Brand; It is the People who Create………

Bill Brand (played by Jack Shepherd) speaking at a workers occupation Bill Brand, a TV series broadcast on ITV in the summer of 1976, was written by one of Britain’s (and Manchester’s) greatest playwrights, Trevor Griffiths. The drama is the … Continue reading

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Maeve Kelly: Irishwoman, Feminist,Writer, Activist

As a feminist and campaigner in the Irish community in Britain in the 1980s and 90s, it was great discovering the novels of Maeve Kelly. There were (and maybe still are) many depressing stereotypes about the lives of Irish women … Continue reading

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