I have decided to take a break from researching and writing for the foreseeable future. I am unsure if I will ever return to it. I am mentally exhausted as it is without the pressures of investing so much time into research. I remain passionate about loyalism and people better understanding it. I just don’t […]

Too uncomfortable a conversation?

In August I e-mailed a prominent member of Sinn Féin who recently came out in praise of the Orange Order. The e-mail was as follows: Dear xxxxxx, I am a friend of both xxxx xxxx xxxxxxx and xx xxxx xxxxxxx. My first book, ‘Tartan Gangs and Paramilitaries – The Loyalist Backlash’ will be published by Liverpool […]

Tartan Gangs and Paramilitaries: Interview with Gareth Mulvenna — Balaclava Street

“Gareth Mulvenna has previously worked as a parliamentary researcher in the Northern Ireland Assembly and during the writing of ‘Tartan Gangs and Paramilitaries’ he held a Visiting Research fellowship at Queen’s University Belfast School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy. Gareth was a member of History Hub Ulster for whom he carried out research on […] […]

Tartan Gangs And Paramilitaries — The Pensive Quill

Gareth Mulvenna with some information on his new book Tartan Gangs And Paramilitaries. Dear all,My book, Tartan Gangs and Paramilitaries – The Loyalist Backlash is due to be published on 30 September.Details are here: This week Liverpool University Press are having a summer sale whereby you can get 50% off all books, including a pre-order… via […]

Tartan Gangs and Paramilitaries – Update

It has, once again, been a long time since I updated this blog properly but I am determined to get into the swing of using it again. As an update of sorts, I have some further information on the book and related events to share. The book is due to be published on 30 September […]