This blog began as material collected while researching and preparing an – as yet I completed – biography of Jimmy Steele (1907-1970) – hence the title. Over time it has expanded to include material on a variety of themes in history and archaeology.
Initially, the content mainly focused on Belfast and an apparent gap in detailing the history of the IRA in Belfast between 1922 and 1969 (which seemed an odd omission in the context of understanding the origins of the violence of 1969 and later). This expanded to more general posts on the history of Irish republicanism in Belfast, the wider context of similar insurgent groups (particularly in Europe in 1960s-1970s), relevant ephemera and gathering together accounts of various historical events often outside the remit of mainstream histories.
The resulting research was gathered together in the Belfast Battalion book and was used to created a draft ‘Lost Lives‘ for 1923-1969, a mapping of Irish Republican activists, prisoners and suspects in Belfast (1912-1969) and republican fatalities and an online library of publications and ephemera.
Anyone with suggestions/comments/criticisms about the blog, or with ideas of potential submissions can use the direct messages on the various platforms such as Facebook or to @treasonfelony (Twitter) or simply email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
By the way – it is intended to complete and publish the Jimmy Steele biography some stage soon (I keep saying that but it will happen).
The blogs primary author, John Ó Néill, is from Belfast but now lives in Wexford. Educated at St Malachys College Belfast and Queens University, he has a BA and PhD in Archaeology and has published books on archaeology, history and sport. He runs Litter Press (among other things). You can view his LinkedIn profile here and reach him at email@example.com.