British soldiers faced many dangers here and reading the local Irish News was one of them it seems. Warmongering is a grave business but names like Colonel Maurice Tugwell and Brigadier Marston Tickell still make me giggle as if they were set adrift here by Captain Pugwash. Yes, puerile, I know, and these particular […]
After Britain sounded the last post in Aden in 1967, many of its dusty warriors wound their way here in 1971. They dragged with them their attitude towards the native and many of the darker arts of warfare. They included the infamous Parachute Regiment which won its stripes in the north of Ireland by murdering […]
Previously unseen archives expose the reason for Brian Nelson’s discharge from the British Army. The significant discoveries undermine recent reviews of the recruitment and career of Brian Nelson as a British Army agent within the Loyalist Ulster Defence Association. The secret files also raise serious questions regarding the British state’s responsibility for murder in the […]
I have done my work in, friends: O, make an end// Of what I have begun Marc Antony had just fallen on his own sword when he said these words (1). It was just as dramatic and moving to watch Conall McDevitt fall on his. The man made an abject mistake and was man enough […]
No Faith! Here is a before and after photo from yesterday’s Policing Board meeting which affirmed that it had no faith in the Historical Enquiries Team (HET). The Board pressed the Chief Constable of the so-called “reformed” Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to suspend all HET cases which have “investigated” – for want of […]
The Irish Monsignor and the British Propagandist Whilst studying previously secret files in Kew National Archives, London, as part of my on-going research into my grandmother’s murder in the McGurk’s Bar Bombing of 4thDecember 1971, I came across a very interesting archive. At first glance it is a brief, quite non-descript information report from one […]
Last night I attended an information-sharing event in the Balmoral Hotel hosted by Relatives for Justice and attended by families whose loved ones were murdered during “the Troubles”. Specifically, under discussion – if not close scrutiny – were the Historical Enquiries Team (HET), the Office of the Police Ombudsman (OPONI) and inquests. Experiences with these as […]
Karen has been busy after baby’s beddie-bye-byes.
On Thursday 15th November 2012 Clifton House hosted the official Belfast launch of my book, The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth. http://storify.com/ciaranmacairt/official-belfast-launch-of-the-bookie-wookie
Over the past few weeks I have been offered the great opportunity to write for different sources… and very different audiences.