As an author and micro-publisher I am, thanks to the Internet, in contact with a number of people throughout the world. This led to the publication of Joy J. Kaimaparamban's The Ayurvedic Healer (Joy lives in India) and Peter Carroll's Queen of Misfortune (Peter lives in Torbay, England).
I also published John Patrick Doyle and his novel Boiled Peanuts. John grew up in London to Irish parents, moved to Australia as a teenager, and then moved to Virginia in the United States.
As of lately, I am in contact with two more British citizens, whose names I am not at liberty to disclose. Both were, to different degrees, involved in matters related to the Irish Troubles. The first contact found me due to articles I wrote on the subject of British Captain Robert Nairac, an underground agent who was active during the Irish conflict. This communication inspired me to revise parts of my view on Nairac's violent behavior - See my post Case Reopened: The Secret Life of British Captain Robert Nairac.
The second contact is an author looking to publish his novel, and just this morning we agreed to do business with each other. The tentative title of his novel is "Testament of an Amateur Terrorist," and the story is about an Ulster rebel, fighting the Irish nationalists. My Irish-American, red-headed, multi-freckled wife looked at me and asked, "You are not publishing him, are you?" I answered, I surely would, but I felt obligated to write to him.
"Ironically, I am married to an Irish-American woman, who is a staunch supporter of the Irish Republic and Sinn Fein. On the other hand, we are Episcopalians, meaning we are with the Church of England. My wife's paternal grandfather came from Scotland, while the maternal grandmother came from County Galway in Ireland.
I am originally from Germany (in the process of applying for American citizenship), and my sympathies are with the people of Ireland AND Northern Ireland, whether they're Protestants or Catholics.
As you well know, my country has seen the most heinous crime against humanity, and thus my attitude is that we should remember the past, learn from it, assume responsibility, and assure that, as a result, violence does not return. I know that the topic of Northern Ireland and its violent history can be a very sensitive issue for some UK citizens, and I want to make sure you are comfortable with my background."
His answer came prompt and to the point:
"I am an Ulster Scot or Scots Irish as you would say, married to an Irish Roman Catholic from a nationalist background. "Poor Ireland" as they say. It has had too many people from both backgrounds in the past, too ready to take up arms against each other for the sake of religion/culture without realising that the real struggle is against poverty."
As I wrote, we are in the process of deciding for the final title. Another one of his e-mails suggested "The Londonderry Air":
"'The Londonderry Air' is a tune very widely known in Ireland and mainland UK. It was used as the tune for the famous Irish song 'Danny Boy'. I know that Danny Boy is widely known in the north-east of the USA because of the Scots Irish and general Irish immigration there but I do not know whether 'The Londonderry Air' is familiar there. It is now sometimes called 'The Derry Air' because 'Londonderry' is not acceptable to the nationalist community."
Derry or Londonderry is the second-biggest city in Northern Ireland and the fourth-biggest city on the island of Ireland. The name Derry is an anglicisation of the Irish name Doire or Doire Cholmcille meaning "oak-wood of Colmcille". In 1613, the city was granted a Royal Charter by King James I and the "London" prefix was added, changing the name of the city to Londonderry. While the city is more usually known as Derry, Londonderry is also used and remains the legal name. - Source: Wikipedia.org
My turn was: "I do like the title "The Londonderry Air," and I am aware of the Derry/Londonderry issue. By the way, just north from here, in New Hampshire, there are two little towns located just a few kilometers from each other, named Derry and Londonderry. I always say, the Americans have a different way of dealing with conflicts…;-)"