In the summer of 1922, police and soldiers carrying out raids in the Grove Street area (off North Queen) reported that “…the search revealed that the yards on the Grove Street side were tunnelled the whole length of the street, and access to Grove Street could be made from Vere Street through another tunnel.” (BelfastContinue reading “The Belfast Tunnels 1920-22”
Tag Archives: Weaver Street
Are people being hasty in opposing remembering the R.I.C.?
The proposed inclusion of the Royal Irish Constabulary in commemorations of the War of Independence has provoked a bit of storm. The War of Independence still resonates in Ireland as the intersection of an array of themes that remain provocative and contested. Outrage over remembering the R.I.C., the police force of the British administration inContinue reading “Are people being hasty in opposing remembering the R.I.C.?”
REM 1690, NO POPE HERE: Weaver Street, 13/2/1922
An event I’ve posted about a few times occured today in 1922, the bombing of Weaver Street, in which a grenade was thrown into a group of children playing in Weaver Street after they were deliberately moved there so they could be targeted. The grenade killed four children and two adults and wounded many more.Continue reading “REM 1690, NO POPE HERE: Weaver Street, 13/2/1922”
Commemorating a centenary of partition?
The 3rd of May 2021 will see the 100th anniversary of the partition of Ireland. In recent weeks this has come into focus with the DUP taking offence at the Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald stating that the party would not be participating in celebrations of the centenary of partition. In 2016, the DUP’sContinue reading “Commemorating a centenary of partition?”
#McGurks Bar: a brief prehistory of disinformation
Forty-five years on from the McGurks Bar bombing there is much that is yet to be understood not only about the bombing itself, but also the context in which it happened. Mindful that the human legacies of such a tragedy may never be mitigated by any amount of revelations, a full and accurate account of events is requiredContinue reading “#McGurks Bar: a brief prehistory of disinformation”
Awful Bomb Outrage on Belfast Children
The bombing of Weaver Street on 13th February 1922 marked a particular low in the violence in Belfast in 1920-22. What hasn’t immediately been recognised is the extent to which it resonates deeply with more recent cases. The Special Constabulary and police are both implicated in colluding with the bombers, forensic evidence was misrepresented andContinue reading “Awful Bomb Outrage on Belfast Children”