Lyra McKee’s mother, when asked what her daughter was like growing up, tells the story of how while some mothers heard “Mummy, Mummy” in their sleep, she heard “Why? Why?”. No answer, she says, could ever satisfy her daughter. That natural-born curiosity inevitably led Lyra to a career in journalism.
Lyra wrote mostly about crime and the legacy of the conflict known as the Troubles in her native Northern Ireland. She was also an advocate for LBGTQI+ rights. When she wasn't writing, she also worked as a chambermaid and general servant to an 11-year-old tortoiseshell called Big Marie.
Lyra was shot and killed in Derry on 18 April 2019.
Work published elsewhere
Bloody Sunday British Army arrest: ‘Will justice finally be served for my brother?’ asks Kate Nash
An interview with the sister of a woman killed on Bloody Sunday.
Scaled-back Provisional IRA still exists, report says
Northern Ireland’s paramilitary groups continue to engage in violence and criminal activity such as drug dealing and large-scale smuggling, but they’re unlikely to mount a terrorist campaign again.
Northern Ireland: Victims fear ‘amnesty by the back door’ as crisis deepens
On a potential amnesty in Northern Ireland.
IRA murders, resignations and political chaos proves peace in Northern Ireland is an illusion
On the fallout at Stormont in late 2015.
‘Gay cake’: It’s a ruling to rejoice in, but gays are still very afraid
On the ‘gay cake’ case, which involved a bakery that refused to bake a cake with a gay marriage slogan.