Category Archives: Belfast Social History

A British Shame Forever.

During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children aged 10 to 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to … Continue reading

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Interview with the Author.

Interview with the Author. “Lily and Me” Posted on April 6, 2019 by irishroverpei Interview With Author Frederick Ben Rodgers by NFReads.com http://www.nfreads.com/interview-with-author-frederick-ben-rodgers/ Introduction I was born in Belfast N.I on 15th January 1939 delivered at home by Dr Frederick … Continue reading

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The 12th July in Northern Ireland

Today Orangemen march through the streets of Belfast to celebrate William of Orange. In past years this has resulted in street violence and death. The Ulster police have to be armed like assault troops. The fighting and petrol bombs are … Continue reading

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Tomorrow is 12th July?

The 12th was a big day for us young Belfast Protestant boys in the early 1950s. The 11th July was almost as big, it was bonfire night. Any wood not nailed down ended upon the bonfire, streets were decorated red … Continue reading

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Counting my Blessings

I know my blogs are usually complaints about politicians, legion and other ongoing issues. However today, at the risk of being melancholy I’m going to talk about my blessings. We go through much of our lives bitching and complaining, lousy … Continue reading

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Moments in Time

Moments in Time. Posted on May 29th 2019 by irishroverpei I’m not sure this happens to others in my age group, but suspect it might. I’m in my 80th year and find my mind often travels back to the past. … Continue reading

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The Good Old Hockey Game?

Danger! might upset Hockey Fans. This will be a risky blog, I’m sure to get some angry responses, angry being the key word. When I arrived in Canada in 1964 I attempted to have hockey replace my favourite sport of … Continue reading

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Titanic Remembered

RMS Titanic = Then and Now Posted on April 14th 2019 by irishroverpei It is strange to think that over one hundred years ago this month, the great ship was only moments away from disaster. By the end of March … Continue reading

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Interview with the Author. “Lily and Me”

Interview With Author Frederick Ben Rodgers by NFReads.com http://www.nfreads.com/interview-with-author-frederick-ben-rodgers/ Introduction I was born in Belfast N.I on 15th January 1939 delivered at home by Dr Frederick Smith, for whom I was named. We lived in one of the thousands of … Continue reading

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Lily and Me

Looking for a good book to read or maybe a present for family or friend? This might be just what you are looking for. Although a memoir, it is definitely not stuffy or boring, as one might, at first think. … Continue reading

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