By some miracle, Ireland's long agony seems to have ended with the current power-sharing agreement between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, a former commander in the Irish Republican Army. This deal, achieved in the last days of Tony Blair's government, may be the British prime minister's best and most enduring achievement. But while the conflict lasted, people living in certain areas of Belfast were like those living in war zones today (the Palestinians, for instance): the men dead, in prison or fighting among themselves; the children traumatized and suffering nightmares; violence and alcoholism in the homes; and the women trying in their various ways to carry on. The four women of Rona Munro's... More >>>
Rita Broderick (left) and Jessica Austgen connect in Bold Girls.