As Long as It’s Home

Reflections on Northern Ireland, Twenty Years After Peace

Belfast City Hall. Photo credit: Alina Utrata
Left: Sign at Belfast International Airport welcomes visitors to Westeros, as several Game of Thrones filming locations are in Northern Ireland. Right: Ballymena, a town in Northern Ireland. Photo credit: Alina Utrata.
Sam Thompson bridge in Belfast. Photo credit: Alina Utrata.
Left: The fish of knowledge in Belfast. Right: Queen’s University Belfast Campus. Photo credit: Alina Utrata.
The north coast of Northern Ireland. Photo credit: Alina Utrata.
Left: An Irish Republican Army (IRA) member squats on patrol in West Belfast as women and children approach. 1987. Right: Passing through a security ‘cage’ into the Belfast city centre in the 70s. Photo credit: Pacemaker/Belfast Telegraph.
A man talks to soldiers over the barricade, in Divis Street, Belfast. 16/8/1969. Photo creidt: Belfast Telegraph.
Students at Belfast University, carrying banners proclaiming ‘Civil rights for everyone’, the ‘Special Powers Act Must Go’, and ‘We want Houses Not Platitudes’, march through Belfast to the City Hall in October 1968.
A young boy and an old man stand amid the destruction following a night of riots in the Falls Road in West Belfast. August 1976. Photo credit: Alain Le Garsmeur/Getty Images.
A satirical tweet with a picture of the militarized Irish border after Boris Johnson compared it to the border between Camden and Westminster.
Left: Troubles-related mural in Belfast. Right: Mural of King William of Orange in Belfast. Photo credit: Alina Utrata.
Paramilitary-related murals in Belfast. Photo credit: Alina Utrata.
One of the peace walls that divides the two communities from each other in Belfast. Photo credit: Alina Utrata.

“There was a man who was shot dead on his tractor by paramilitaries, on land that his family had farmed for 400 years, because he was a member of the British occupiers. When his blood dripped down into the soil — was that land Irish or British?

I don’t care, as long as it’s home.”

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Alina Utrata

PhD’ing in Politics and International Studies at Cambridge via Queen's University Belfast via Stanford. www.alinautrata.com