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Ned Keenan by John Campbell

Ned Keenan Whenever I lift an orange, Ned Keenan comes to mind. He could judge their sweetness, Just by stripping off the rind. ‘A sour one won’t peel easy,’ He told me with a smile, In the days he bossed the orange boats, And we helped him stack the pile. An explosion in McGurk’s Bar […]

Behind the Mask and the McGurk’s Bar Massacre

As a life-long researcher of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre which claimed the life of my grandmother and 14 other civilians including two children, I am on an eternal hunt of archives and texts for information. This search brought me to Dr. Aaron Edwards’ new book, UVF: Behind the Mask, which turned out to be quite […]

Britain lied to the European Commission about the McGurk's Bar Massacre

Britain Lied to the European Commission about the McGurk’s Bar Massacre

As late as 1976, the British state and Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) lied to the Irish Government and European Commission on Human Rights about the McGurk’s Bar Massacre, and claimed that the explosion was the result of “an IRA bomb which had exploded prematurely whilst in transit to its intended target… a hotel nearby”. Margaret […]

Challenge to Chief Constable George Hamilton

Families who lost loved ones in the McGurk’s Bar atrocity have challenged PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton and his so-called Legacy Investigation Branch to attend a lecture by world-renowned human rights lawyer, Michael Mansfield, commemorating the 45th anniversary of the attack. Billed as a Case-Study in Disinformation, Denial and Delay, the memorial lecture is free […]

Bomb Expert Informed Army HQ that McGurk’s Bar Was Attacked

Press Release: The discovery of a secret British military file proves that a British Army bomb expert and witness at the scene of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre informed British Army Headquarters that the bar was attacked. Subsequent RUC and British Army reports blamed the innocent civilians in the bar. Author, Ciarán MacAirt, a grandson of […]

I Am Belfast

This Sunday, QFT hosts the film, I Am Belfast, Mark Cousins’ love letter to his hometown. Mark abandoned the city because of its bigotry and violence, but this is his return home. His deep love of Belfast sweeps us from cityscape to dreamscape and back again as if carried effortlessly on the tide. From salt […]

McGurk's Bar families outside MI6 in London

Britain’s National Security? No. Britain’s National Shame

Families of those murdered in the McGurk’s Bar atrocity travelled to London this week to mark the 44th anniversary of the attack and to lobby for the release of archives which relate to the attack but which have been closed to them because of what the authorities deem to be “national security”. 15 innocent men women and […]

Baron Kilclooney: Patsy or Liar?

Baron Kilclooney, or John Taylor to you and me, helped promulgate the McGurk’s Bar propaganda before we had even buried our loved ones. Whether he knowingly deceived the public or he too was duped by the RUC is moot. One thing is certain: he has not apologised for his deceit. The forensic report was only completed […]

Major Disinformation

Senior Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO), Major Bernard Calladene (1), completed a standard British army pro forma (access the redacted version here) when his ATOs returned from the McGurk’s Bar bombing site. Calladene was not present at the scene of the McGurk’s explosion.   It records that the attending ATOs, Sergeant Crisp and Captain Mendham (2), stipulate that the […]

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