Trope: Essays and Articles by Ciarán MacAirt
Trope /trəʊp/ noun a signiﬁcant or recurrent theme; a motif.
One recurring theme of this collection by Irish author, Ciarán MacAirt, is that war is a dirty business and we are diminished by the death of each and every victim.
Another trope is that behind the horror, behind the terror, are human love stories but those who are left behind are starved of truth – the very basic, human need to know what happened to their loved ones.
Information is today’s battlefield and families are yet again on the frontline. But hope shines at every turn for we can make history if we follow the paper trail. Family memories only stretch back so far and the British state is a history thief but the truth is there to be discovered in dusty archives if you roll your sleeves up and dig.
Ciarán MacAirt is an award-winning writer and human rights activist. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The McGurk’s Bar Bombing. Trope: Essays and Articles represent a personal journey and ﬁnd him trudging from the killing ﬁelds of World War I to the back-streets of Belfast where death-squads roamed.
Foreword by Father Sean McManus, international human rights activist, author, and President of the Irish National Caucus.
The author is donating all profits of Trope: Essays and Articles to the charity Paper Trail and its work with vicitms and survivors of the conflict in Britain and Ireland.