Songs of the Northern Ireland Conflict (SoNIC) Archive

UDA detainee song book

Photo credit: Jonto at English Wikipedia.

About the Archive

During the ‘Troubles’ (1968-1998) in the north of Ireland, paramilitary groups and political movements were supported and sustained by a sociocultural apparatus that helped legitimise their position within the community and disseminate their political message.

From the use of flags and murals, to loyalist and republican parades, working-class vernacular culture communicated a vast array of symbolic, spatial, and political meaning.

SONIC is the first online archive of political song culture in Ireland during this period.