Belfast Days

A 1972 Teenage Diary

Eimear O’Callaghan

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Belfast 1972. It s the bloodiest year of the Northern Irish Troubles and sixteen-year-old Eimear O'Callaghan, a Catholic schoolgirl in West Belfast, bears witness to it all in her diary. What follows is a window into the daily life of an ordinary teenager coming of age in extraordinary times. The immediacy of the diary entries are complemented with the author's mature reflections written forty years later. The result is poignant, shocking, wryly funny, sometimes prophetic, and above all, explicitly honest.

This unique publication comes at a time when Northern Ireland is desperately struggling to come to terms with the legacy of its turbulent past. It provides a powerful juxtaposition of the ordinary, everyday concerns of a sixteen-year-old girl who could be any girl in any British city at this time, worrying about exams, boys, her hair, clothes, saving for the latest David Cassidy single - with the unimaginable horror of a society slowly disintegrating before her eyes, a seemingly inevitable descent into a bloody civil war, fuelled by sectarianism, hatred, fear, and the folly of politicians.

Written by an experienced broadcaster and journalist, Belfast Days demonstrates how one person's examination of her own story, upon rediscovering her 1972 diary, provided her - and all readers - with a new perspective on one of the darkest periods in twentieth century British and Irish history.

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Ballymurphy, conflict, 1970s Ireland, Irish history, Milltown, British history, The Troubles, Peace process, adolescence, Civil war, IRA, children in conflict, teenage diary, Northern Ireland, Irish border, Civil rights