I have fond memories of being in a band. Participating was a thrill. I was so proud of myself walking to the field. Although at such a young age that distance was just too much. I managed to walk from Tiger’s Bay to the Dublin Road where I was then allowed into the car. I have to admit my thighs […]
Have we forgotten the many different types of representation of Loyalist women? Have we acknowledged the many roles women have played? I have had the pleasure of meeting many women who have played many different roles within Loyalism. From the female combatant to the female non-warrior. Let’s talk about the female Loyalist combatant. I would guess that not many people […]
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of my Dad. Since starting Her Loyal Voice it seems to have amplified. My Dad and I didn’t always see eye to eye. He would have said white, I would have said black. You see I was angry. I was angry that most of his life he dedicated to […]
Too many working class Loyalist women have been forgotten or whitewashed from history. It’s time to share the stories and reclaim the history of these remarkable women. I’m delighted to share with you the story of the Brown Square Millionaires through the voice of their children, Patricia Ward (nee McCallister) and Yvonne Murphy (nee Thompson). Ellen Rea, Maggie Lamont and […]
The first recorded example of men telling a woman to “shut up”, that her voice was not to be heard in public dates back almost 3000 years. Today not much has changed. Where gender, class and religion intersect I have found a deeply disturbing inequality. The simple fact is that we need more female working class loyalist voices to be […]
Her Loyal Voice is a passion project of mine. I’ve tried to understand where that passion comes from and work out why I feel so strongly about providing a platform for the voices of Loyalist women. I’ve managed to consolidate it in to three words. Sex. Religion. Class. Where these three intersect they combine to create a unique and quite […]
Starting this blog has always been about giving voice to the views, ideas and aspirations of Loyalist women who don’t often get the chance. I have received many direct messages from people offering support and encouragement. Those messages are greatly appreciated. One such message brought a tear to my eye, it simply thanked me and said “No-one likes us”.
On the news, on the bookshelves, on social media there is often an uneven narrative. I have found that voices, particularly women’s voices, from the Loyalist community have been thrown to one side, silenced, demeaned, ridiculed. I want those voices to have a platform. I want those voices to be heard. Welcome to Her Loyal Voice. Let the stories be […]