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Amphibious Green

Daniel Soar: Barry McCrea, 3 November 2005

First Verse 
by Barry McCrea.
Carroll and Graf, 355 pp., £14.95, June 2005, 0 7867 1513 8
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... finger down a page and stop. Open your eyes and read what’s written. I had just finished reading Barry McCrea’s first novel and – still slightly dazed and susceptible – asked: ‘What does The First Verse mean?’ I flipped through the pages of the first book that presented itself and found my finger pointing at the following ...


Nick Laird: Ulster Revisited, 28 July 2011

... later gunmen entered a house in Ballydougan and shot and killed Joseph O’Dowd and his nephews Barry and Declan, all of them members of the SDLP. In 1999 Ian Paisley, under parliamentary privilege, claimed that Eugene Reavey, another brother, had ‘set up the Kingsmill massacre’, but the HET report explicitly rejects this allegation. The night before ...

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