A Wasted Year? – The 2023 Review

Please support us in 2024 by clicking: patreon.com/tortoiseshack Welcome to our end of 2023 special. In this episode the lads chatted to two former guests: one from series 1 and another from series 2. Eddie Kinner is a former UVF prisoner, who became an important figure in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement on behalf of the PUP. Davy Adams is […]

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The Lost Opportunity with Tony Novosel

Help us keep going in 2024 by clicking on patreon.com/tortoiseshack Tony Novosel is the author of ‘Northern Ireland’s Lost Opportunity: The Frustrated Promise of Political Loyalism’ and has been a frequent visitor to NI since 1974. Over the years he has been recognised for his cross-community peace building work. In this episode he talks to the lads about the challenges […]

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Ed Moloney, a Life Less Ordinary

Please join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack Ed Moloney is one of Ireland’s most famous journalists and the author of a number of books about the conflict in Northern Ireland. In this episode he talks to the lads about legacy and reconciliation, oral history, notable characters that he has met over the years, what it was like reporting on subjects such as […]

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David Blevins – The First Draft of History

Help us keep going in 2024, join the shack at patreon.com/tortoiseshack Since 1996, David Blevins has been the senior Ireland correspondent for Sky News, covering news stories north and south of the border. When the news happened, we heard it from him. In this episode he talks to Gareth and Sam about reporting some of the traumatic and momentous events […]

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Building a United Community – Alana Cahoon

Please join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack This week we were joined by Alana Cahoon who is the PR Officer from the Ulster Young Unionists, and ‘One Young World’ delegate. She is also an Ambassador of TBUC (Together:Building a United Community). We discussed Unionism from the upcoming generations viewpoint, not conforming to lazy stereotypes and why some leave Northern Ireland and do […]

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David Adams

Please join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack David Adams is a former loyalist politician who as a leading member of the Ulster Democratic Party was hugely influential in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. In this episode David chats to the lads about his journey from young loyalist activist in the 1970s, through his political journey in the 1990s and his […]

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Dirty Linen with Martin Doyle

Please join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack Martin Doyle is the books editor of The Irish Times and author of Dirty Linen: The Troubles In My Home Place (Merrion, 2023) In this episode Martin talks to the lads about researching and writing the book which is a deeply personal and intimate excavation of the toll that the conflict took on the parish […]

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Billy Hutchinson

Please join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack Billy Hutchinson is the former leader of the Progressive Unionist Party and was a key figure in the negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. In this episode Billy talks to the lads about the current state of unionism and loyalism, class frictions within the pro-union body politic in NI and the importance of […]

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