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
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.
Trope – Articles and Essays
Trope /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.