Books

Books by Ciaran MacAirt include the critically acclaimed McGurk’s Bar Bombing and soon-to-be-released collection of articles and essays, Trope.

Proceeds of the latter will be donated to the charity, Paper Trail, to support victims and survivors in their pursuit of truth.

McGurk’s Bar Bombing

The McGurk's Bar Bombing by Ciarán MacAirt

4th December 1971, British extremists bombed McGurk’s Bar, a family-run pub in North Belfast. The explosion tore through the building and killed 15 men, women and children, making it the country’s most devastating massacre of innocent civilians since the Nazi Blitz a generation before. Nevertheless, these victims became the forgotten victims of a dirty war.

The British government, military and RUC police immediately blamed the bombing on an Irish Republican own-goal even though the full weight of evidence, including a witness who saw the bomb being planted, proved it was a terrorist attack. As the families prepared to bury their loved ones, the British state buried the truth.

Since then the families have fought tirelessly and constitutionally to clear the names of their loved ones – for their only crime was their faith.

About the Author
Ciarán MacAirt’s grandmother, Kathleen Irvine, was one of those murdered in the McGurk’s Bar Massacre. His painstaking, meticulous research has uncovered collusion and cover-up by the British state and it is a paper trail that goes to the highest levels of the British government, police and military.

His research has featured in TV, radio and documentary programmes and in 2011 he presented his testimony to the powerful US Helsinki Commission on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. He now supports other families as they fight for truth and justice via the charity, Paper Trail.

About Colin Wallace
As a member of the British Army’s top secret psychological operations unit, Colin Wallace specialised in managing and disseminating information… or disinformation. He was working in Army Headquarters when news of the McGurk’s Bar bombing broke and has been helping the author translate historic documents that have lain undiscovered… until now.
Reviews
Author and screen-writer, Viv Young, writing for the New York Journal of Books

“Greek dramatist Aeschylus claimed, ‘In war, truth is the first casualty.’ Yet thanks to determined writers like Mr. MacAirt the truths behind this particular tragedy have been resurrected.”

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Peadar Whelan writing for An Phoblacht

“MacAirt, whose grandmother Kitty Irvine was one of those killed, by pulling together this information has lifted the lid on Britain’s dirty war in Ireland. It is a book that must be read.”

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John Ó Néill writing on Slugger O’ Toole

“MacAirt applies a methodology that others would do well to study – roll your sleeves up, dig deep, dig smart and keep digging. As an addition to the literature it is essential reading for any serious student of the North’s recent history.”

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Brian Mario O’ Clery writing on Political World

“What stands out above all else in The McGurk’s Bar Bombing however, is the sheer level of sourced research presented, backed up and cross referenced throughout, all in an articulate style which never strays into over-elaboration or confusion. This is not likely to be the only print of this enlightening book”

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Author, Phil Mac Giolla Bhain

“The book represents seven years of meticulous work. The case he presents in the book for collusion after the fact by the British Army is unanswerable… This book tells a greater truth about Britain’s shameful role in Ireland”

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Veteran Republican, Gerry O’ Hare writing for the Bobby Sands Trust

“The families of the atrocity now have an excellent book written by the grandson of Kitty Irvine, who died in the attack… Ciaran’s diligence and massive research is a credit to his determination to expose the lies and criminal actions of the RUC and British Army.”

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Kieran Hughes, North Belfast News

“MacAirt’s place at the heart of the campaign informs this excellent account of the McGurk’s Bar atrocity.”

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Trade unionist and Director of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Mark Langhammer, writing in the Irish Political Review

The McGurk’s Bar Bombing connects the re-foundation of the UVF in the 60s with the present in a way that enables us to see the use that the State has had for this group of partisans.

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Trope – Articles and Essays

Trope - a collection of articles and essays by Ciaran MacAirtTrope /trəʊp/ noun, a motif; a significant or recurrent theme

One recurring theme of this collection is that war is dirty and we are diminished by the death of every victim. Another is that behind the behind the terror are human love stories but those who are left behind are starved of truth. Information is today’s battlefield and families are once more on the frontline.

But there is hope. Family memories only stretch back a couple of generations and the British state commandeers history but the truth can be discovered in archives if you dig… and keep digging.

Ciarán MacAirt is an award-winning writer and human rights activist. These essays and articles represent a personal journey and we find him trudging from the killing fields of World War 1 to the back streets of Belfast where death squads prowled.

Foreword by Father Sean McManus, renowned activist and author.

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