Derek Lundy: The Bloody Red Hand A Journey Through Truth Myth and Terror in Northern Ireland



Title Men That God Made Mad Author Derek Lundy Source I borrowed this book from my dad This book mentions the old Northern Irish ism that to explain why you re fighting outside of a chip shop you ve to o back 300 years It does just that Looking through his family tree Lundy looks at why the name Lundy has come to mean Traitor in Northern Ireland and the connection that Ulster Protestants hold within the land It was nice to read and I enjoyed following Lundy s experience as he comes back to Belfast and explores his childhood holiday home in the Holy Lands This book improves after a slow start It Life Changing Smiles gives me a better understanding of Northern Ireland than I had before and as most of my friends in Northern Ireland are unionists I really appreciated the stories of the Lundys ov. A bestselling chronicler of the sea turns to a trio of his own ancestors to see what memory and the selective plundering of history has made of the truth in Northern IrelandThe name “Lundy” is synonymous with traitor in Ulster Derek Lundy’s first ancestral subject was the Protestantovernor of Derry in 1688 just before it came under siege by the Catholic Irish army of James II For reasons that remain ambiguous Robert ordered the ates of the city opened in surrender Protestant hard liners staged a coup de ville and drove him away in disgrace a traitor to the cause But Robert is memorable for his peace seeking moderation than for the treachery the standard history attributes to him William Steel Dickson’s legacy is a little different a Presbyterian minister born in the late 18th century he preached.

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8 just before it came under siege by the Catholic Irish army of James IIRobert Lundy ordered the city s capitulation Crying No Surrender hardline Protestants prevented it and drove him away in disgraceWilliam Steel Dickson s legacy is a little different A Presbyterian minister born in the mid eighteenth century he preached with famous elouence in favour of using whatever means necessary to resist the tyranny of the EnglishFinally there is Billy Lundy born in 1890 the embodiment of what the Ulster Protestants had become by the beginning of World War I a tribe united in their hostility to Catholics and to the concept of a united Ireland Roy FosterSometimes a thought invoking read but did tend to drag on abit in the middle enjoyable read with a ood view of Irelands troubles. Young man ave me after he had taken the cash put his pistol away and was standing with his hands in his jacket pockets It wasn’t the expression of someone who was thinking of shooting me too; I never had that feeling But the way he looked at me was so familiar – wary and calculating Many people in Belfast had stared in the same way since I’d arrived for a visit For a long time I couldn’t understand what it meant Eventually I knew They were trying to decide “what foot I kicked with” – what religion I was There were supposed ways to tell subtle indicators Was I someone they should fear Or was I one of them That was what the armed robber was doing too He had just shot a man who knew him by his first name But he was looking at me the stranger and trying to figure out whether I was a Prod or a Tai.

Er the last 400 years Fascinating and helpful book which explains very clearly the history of Ireland and Northern Ireland It tracks the authors three ancestors who were Ulstermen and explains their role in the history of the province and the historical background of each I picked up this one as I m intimately familiar with the yearly Lundy effigy in Derry This book is accessible and amusing and is my new so you want know what it is they arewere fighting about in Northern Ireland then read this book Derek Lundy uses the lives of three of his ancestors Robert Lundy William Steel Dickson and Billy Lundy to examine the history and progression of Northern IrelandIn Ulster the name Lundy is synonymous with traitor Robert Lundy was the Protestant overnor of Londonderry in 168. With famous elouence in favour of using whatever means necessary to resist the tyranny of the English including joining forces with the Catholics in armed rebellion Finally there is “Billy” Lundy born in 1890 the antithesis of the ecumenical William and the embodiment of what the Ulster Protestants had become by the beginning of World War I – a tribe united in their hostility to Catholics and to the project of an independent IrelandThe lives of Robert Lundy William Steel Dickson and Billy Lundy encapsulate many themes in the Ulster past In telling their stories Derek Lundy lays bare the harsh and murderous mythologies of Northern Ireland and ives us a revision of its history that seems particularly relevant in today’s worldExcerpt from The Bloody Red Hand The other thing I remember is the look the.

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