About Fly By Those Nets

“When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets.” — James Joyce

We’re fed up.

We think that the only way for life in Northern Ireland to get better is to change the conversation to one that isn't held back by the same old debates on nationality, language and religion.

We want to be able to find a way to take all the grumpy cynicism about this fucked up place and turn it into something exciting and positive. There’s definitely something admirable in our ability to take the piss out of this place, but surely there’s now an opportunity to build ourselves up instead of always knocking ourselves down.

Northern Ireland shouldn't have to always be playing catch up with our neighbours, we shouldn't be embarrassed about where we’re from any more. Northern Ireland may be a weird little place with lots of big problems but it isn't an excuse to treat people like shit. We’re also a part of the wider world, and it would be great to be able to engage with it as equals.

We believe that the people living in Northern Ireland don’t have to take this any more. Peace alone isn't enough, there’s still a long way to go.

We want equality for everyone at the expense of no one. We want a happier Northern Ireland that values the well-being and dignity of all.

It’s time Northern Ireland started to demand more. The Good Friday Agreement was signed over seventeen years ago and it’s time we began to truly move forward. There will soon be adults who were born after the peace process. This next generation shouldn't have to be tied down to the past.

None of this can be achieved by individuals in isolation, and we don’t claim to have all the answers. There aren't just two sides any more, and of course there never was. Change will only come from an honest conversation that includes concerned, engaged and passionate people from all of Northern Irish society.

So if any of this sounds like something you’d be into, get in touch. We are open to anyone wanting to contribute content to be featured on this site, or ideas for issues to be focused on. We need writers and creative artists of all types, particularly those of us who have never had the chance to express ourselves like this before.

It might as well be now and it might as well be us.

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