Directory of N.Ireland Political Periodicals
Publication: Fortnight
Issue:18th November 1985
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

23rd July 2012

This is an useful addition to the Archive - and many thanks to the person who forwarded the photocopy to me, a listing from Fortnight Magazine (which finally ceased being published last year), based in Northern Ireland, of political periodicals from there in 1985. Compiled from the collection at the Linen Hall by the librarian in charge of the collection, Robert Bell, it provides a snapshot of magazines and newspapers ‘still operating at the beginning of 1985’ and therefore an invaluable picture of broad political activity. Nor is it restricted simply to magazines from the North. Also included are ‘any Irish political magazine or newspaper and any British and foreign periodical which is published specifically about the current Irish ‘Troubles’.

The consequent range is considerable, albeit it includes such publications as Constabulary Gazette - The Ulster Police Magazine. Nor is it restricted to left wing or republican magazines. COMBAT - the journal of the Ulster Volunteers is there. Also represented are magazines from feminist and gay/lesbian groups.

An interesting exercise is to consider how many of those publications are missing from the Left Archive and how many are represented within it.

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