Born and raised, in a large Catholic family in the much-troubled Ardoyne district, violence surrounded Mary McAleese’s life from the beginning.
The most disconcerting aspect of Milkman is that it sits so easily in the definition of Northern Ireland as an inevitably enduring site of sectarianism.
As a border child from the counties of Tyrone and Derry, I have seen the hard border, that no one wants again. I remember the salmon smuggling, the customs officers on both sides
That Sean Duffy, McKinty’s main character, is a Catholic means that his Northern Irish police superiors are unsure of him and that he is as much an outsider on the Gerry Adams side of his society as on the Ian Paisley side.
When I discovered that the family has been living at the same address since the mid-1700s I began the search for clues about who we were.