Another World


Joby Fox: Belfast in Braddock

Joby Fox, the bassist for the Northern Irish band Energy Orchard, on the filming of the music video for their single “Sailor Town” in Braddock, PA, 20 years ago.



The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh

Jim Lamb – Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

As the Troubles have petered out, Irish-American groups find themselves in a difficult new landscape.  Funds for cross-Atlantic programs have dried up, the Walsh Visa program has reached its end, and the groups have to redefine their missions to match the new political reality of Northern Ireland.

The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh, with its president Jim Lamb, is taking this transition in stride.  It remains one of the most active Irish-American groups in sponsoring exchange programs, and it’s expanding its focus to include new ventures to promote links between Pittsburgh and Ireland.  The Institute aims to contribute to community developmenton both sides of the sectarian divide, and to export the lessons it has learned to other deeply divided societies.

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Ricky Busks Belfast

Americans on Northern Ireland, No. 3

 US on NI – Sam May

Sam in Belfast

Sam in Belfast

Sam May took an interest in Northern Ireland young.  A history buff in school, he participated in Civil War re-enactments and ended up in the 69th Pennsylvania Infantry, a regiment that had been made up of Irish immigrants.   His fellow re-enacters introduced him to Irish Rebel songs and Republican ideology — but at the same time Sam was conflicted.  He had family links to Ireland — but to Protestant Ireland in the North.   

Out of this confusion, Sam started to read up on Irish history, and it led him to Tony Novosel’s class at Pitt.  But studying the Troubles hasn’t necessarily made it any easier to stake out opinions about what’s best for Northern Ireland.

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Americans on Northern Ireland, No. 2

US on NI – Kelly Cullen

It’s Part 2 of the continuing series on American perspectives on the conflict in Northern Ireland.  This time it’s Kelly Cullen, a senior at Pitt and a marine reservist, who explains why he took such an interest in the Troubles + what he learned from studying it. 

Partly it’s a heritage thing for Kelly, having grown up in an Irish American family.  But his interest in Northern Ireland also grows out of his impending deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, and his creative writing projects. 

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Americans on Northern Ireland, no. 1

USA on NI – Scott Nicolson

Scott, in Avatar Form

Scott, in Avatar Form

University of Pittsburgh offers a class on the politics of Northern Ireland every semester.  Tony Novosel teaches it with the intention that it will be the most challenging — and most involving — class the students will ever take. 

The veterans of the class — like Scott Nicolson, heard here — leave with an intricate understanding of the Troubles, as well as some insight into the unexpected comic book connections + psychological conditions of the province.

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Ep. 41: Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations

 Another World Episode 41

Terri Hooley

Terri Hooley

Terri Hooley, purveyor of the Good Vibrations record shop in Belfast, and the man who released The Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks” talks about the evolution of the music scene in the city.  Even as his contemporaries abandoned Northern Ireland for less bombs and more culture, Terri stuck to the city.  From Them + Van Morrison playing the Martime Hotel in the 1960s, through the coming of punk with shouts of SS RUC, to the current crop of young Belfast talent, he walks us through his unprofitable, trouble-making, fame-brushing career.