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H.E.T. sign and a brick wall

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…(Read More)

Irish writer, Ciarán MacAirt, is author of The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth. His book is available now for download from Amazon’s Kindle Store

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…(Read More)

Irish writer, Ciarán MacAirt, is author of The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth. His book is available now for download from Amazon’s Kindle Store

Today is the 10th anniversary of the murder of North Belfast teenager, Gerard Lawlor, who was shot in the back as he walked home from the Bellevue Arms. He was shot for no other reason than he was a Catholic and he was a defenceless target. His killers were never charged even though their names…(Read More)

Irish writer, Ciarán MacAirt, is author of The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth. His book is available now for download from Amazon’s Kindle Store

The McGurk’s Bar Commemoration Committee wish to extend their great thanks for the support that they have had in realizing Ireland’s newest piece of art, an astonishing mural-relief that recreates the actual bar. Without your help we doubt if the mammoth project could have been completed. As well as those we thanked…(Read More)

Irish writer, Ciarán MacAirt, is author of The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth. His book is available now for download from Amazon’s Kindle Store

The families of those killed in the McGurk’s Bar Massacre of December 1971 are to attend today’s hearing of the Assembly Justice Committee at Stormont. The Justice Committee will be questioning the Police Ombudsman, Al Hutchinson following a report by Michael Maguire from the Criminal Justice Inspectorate into the running of the Police…(Read More)

Irish writer, Ciarán MacAirt, is author of The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth. His book is available now for download from Amazon’s Kindle Store

My name is Ciarán MacAirt. I am a grandson of John and Kathleen Irvine. Kitty, as her friends and family called her, was one of fifteen innocent civilians, women, men and children, who were slain in the McGurk’s Bar Massacre, 4th December 1971. Over a dozen injured were lucky to escape with their…(Read More)

Irish writer, Ciarán MacAirt, is author of The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth. His book is available now for download from Amazon’s Kindle Store

Belfast Féile and the Ballymurphy Campaigners have given me a great honour: they have kindly asked me to attend and present at an event that they have organized tomorrow: Shared Experience and Dealing With the Past. Also represented with be the families of those killed in the Shankill Bombing and the New Lodge 6…(Read More)

Irish writer, Ciarán MacAirt, is author of The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth. His book is available now for download from Amazon’s Kindle Store

On Saturday past (11th June) the families met to mull over artefacts we have for exhibition and plans to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre on 4th December 2011. Everything was brought to the table: hand-carved Celtic crosses, opinions, much-loved photographs, old newspaper clippings, concepts and, of course, many…(Read More)

Irish writer, Ciarán MacAirt, is author of The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth. His book is available now for download from Amazon’s Kindle Store

What’s in a Name?

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Last year the community in the shadow of St. Patrick’s church wished to bestow on us a grand tribute to the lives that were lost in the McGurk’s Bar Massacre of 4th December 1971. They wished to name a street in the newly developed area of Lancaster Street and Great George Street “McGurk…(Read More)

Irish writer, Ciarán MacAirt, is author of The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth. His book is available now for download from Amazon’s Kindle Store

We protested the private meeting of the Policing Board on Thursday (2.6.11), delivered a press statement to the waiting press pack and handed over a suitcase to the newly elected Chairman, Brian Rea. It was a suitcase that was loaded with archive evidence and was weighted with symbolism. It represented the suitcase that…(Read More)

Irish writer, Ciarán MacAirt, is author of The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth. His book is available now for download from Amazon’s Kindle Store
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