Hard Border

Product Number: WEB259336
Released: Sep 29, 2018
Business Term: Multiuse 75 Circ
ISBN: #9781848406766
Publisher: New Island Books
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Description

Hard Border goes to the very roots of the Irish boundarywhere, after decades of division and conflict, a fragilepeace has prevailed since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998.Post-Brexit, it will re-emerge as the only land frontierbetween the United Kingdom and the European Union.In his travelogue of the abandoned 50-mile route along the UlsterCanal, Darach MacDonald presents a close-up narrative history ofIreland. On his journey through five of Ulster's nine counties, he looksat the confounding realities and identities brought to the boil by history,geography, politics and faith.He traces the region's pivotal role in thestory of Ireland; the facts and anomalies of an arbitrary partition, theimpact on local communities, especially among minorities maroonedon the 'wrong side', as well as uplifting efforts to forge new links andaid the recovery from trauma.Through travelogues, journals, tales andpoetry, he examines how the border and its communities have beenportrayed through the decades.Above all, these are the stories of tightly knit communities straddlingan historically contested line while struggling for survival andrecognition in its liminal shadows.

Author(s): Darach Macdonald
Original Publish Date: Sep 29, 2018

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