The Academic Suppression of the history of the native British or Cruthin, the People of the Pretani

When I first began to write books on Ulster history in the late 1960s, it was in an attempt to fill the obvious vacuum which existed in general public awareness concerning the real roots of the people of Northern Ireland. The increasing violence and depressing communal tragedy which continued over two decades only highlighted the need to make available to Ulster’s divided community some very pertinent facts about their unseen, but very real, common history and heritage, their common identity. Little did I realise then that my own work would itself become part of the debate, gaining acceptance from all sections of the community, but at the same time coming under attack from those whose stereotyped views of Irish history were seriously disturbed by what was being revealed.

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