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Seamus Mallon: A Shared Home Place

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As one of Northern Ireland's most prominent nationalist politicians, Seamus Mallon has always sought the genuine reconciliation of conflicting traditions using only peaceful means. This is his personal testament.


In A Shared Home Place, Mallon evokes his happy childhood in the Protestant heartland of Markethill, south Armagh, and dwells on the turbulent years of

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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published May 17th 2019 by The Lilliput Press
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Tadhg Maccarthy
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars.

A voice of experience, vision & wisdom.
Let's hope it gets heeded.
Jason Blean
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is more than a "good read", it is a great read. Admittedly, I am biased as an SDLP member for some years and an admirer of Seamus for longer. In the perverse politics of sectarianism in Northern Ireland, some are lauded as peacemakers who in reality stoke the fires of provocation and show little courage, sustaining rather than overcoming division. This is the story of a true peacemaker. Outlining Seamus' life from birth into a Catholic family in the 90% protestant village of Markethill, Co. ...more
Chris
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seamus Mallon always was a beacon of hope in Northern Ireland. His thoughtful politics embedded in truly difficult local circumstances made him quite different to other Northern Irish politicians in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

With this book, which also serves as a memoir, Seamus makes the case for making Ireland a shared home place for unionists and nationalists. As he himself recognises, this is not an easy sell on either side of the divide.

This is a very important debate that is only starting
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Rosetta Whyte
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Growing up in the Border area and ignoring the troubles as best I could. Now at 60 I found Seamus Mallons memoir informative interesting thought provoking and entirely readable. I think this book should be suggested for reading and discussion for teenagers in schools in Ireland and the U.K. as it promotes acceptance and inclusion for all. I would recommend it for everyone who thinks they know what it was like or like me avoided knowing. ...more
Robert
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best book Ive read on Northern Ireland.

Absolutely essential reading for everyone with an interest in the future of Northern Ireland. The insights of Mallon on the North need to be digested by all.
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