A few thoughts on UVF – Behind the Mask

The sociologist Steve Bruce stated in his book The Red Hand (1992) that it would appear to be ‘sour grapes’ if one were to criticise another author writing on the same subject. Bruce’s target was Martin Dillon and the weak cod-psychology he adopted in trying to explain the psychopathic behaviour of the ‘Butchers’ leader Lennie […]


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 […]