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13th August, 2017
Last exit to nowhere?
British soldiers stop and inspect vehicles at a checkpoint in Killeen, near Newry, in 1992 Pic: Pacemaker

It was a tense July in Paris. Street protests had been building for days. A young man from County Clare joined an angry crowd as it gathered at a fortress close to the Seine. His name was James Bartholomew Blackwell, the year was 1789, and he was about to storm the Bastille.

Blackwell had been sent to Paris for his education, like many middle-class Catholics at a time when the Penal Laws constrained their advancement at...

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