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Laughter Is a Cloak That Surrounds You

Mark McCleary

Laughter Is a Cloak That Surrounds You

“The best laugh in the world, is laughing at things that are unhappy. And there's probably a certain level of that in Northern Ireland, a laughing-at-things-that-are-bad.” Mark McCleary grew up in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles” — a 30-year conflict where humor became a coping mechanism for many to simply get through the day. These jokes live on, he points out, with nuances that hint at the complexity of identity as a Protestant living in Northern Ireland today.
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  • Mark McCleary

    Mark McCleary

    is a writer, radio producer, and head of communications at the Corrymeela Community of Northern Ireland.