Patrick Magee was a committed member of the IRA for 27 years, fighting against British rule of Ireland under partition. He was responsible for planting the ‘Brighton Bomb’ in 1984. Since his release from prison after the Good Friday Agreement, he has worked towards building a common understanding of the past. He completed his PhD whilst in prison, and is the author of Gangsters or Guerrillas? Representations of Irish Republicans in Troubles Fiction (Beyond the Pale Publications, 2001). He remains a republican.
‘We cannot draw a line under the past’ Reflections on the grief of Irish Troubles
Patrick Magee, the man who planted an IRA bomb at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, writes from in a bar in Belfast, reflecting on the grief of conflict and division, showing how nobody wins until we all win.