Chief Constable Matt Baggott oversaw the irrational HET report

Alex McLaughlin: the Death of an Activist

To sin by silence, when we should protest, Makes cowards out of men. Protest, Ella Wheeler Wilcox The McGurk’s Bar campaign has lost one of its leading lights. Alex McLaughlin, son of Thomas, has died and we are poorer for it.   His loss is unfathomable for family members but may they take comfort that […]

Fusilier Thomas's record in 2RRF's War Diary

Fusilier Thomas: A Forgotten Victim

It was the reasoned crisis of his soul Against more days of inescapable thrall         S.I.W., Wilfred Owen Official records tend to be dry, perfunctory and prosaic. Documents like Director of Operations Brief, Duty Officer Report or Brigade Intelligence Summary may catalogue moments of violence and destruction but the words rarely convey context or the […]

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Féile an Phobail Event

Féile an Phobail, one of Belfast’s best known arts and cultural events, is celebrating its 25th year in 2013 and its line-up this year is beyond comparison.   So it is a great honour for our families to have been invited to host an event during the festival. We will be showing our documentary film, The McGurk’s […]

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Double Matinee of Films by Campaigning Families

On Sunday 24th March 2013, Dublin Road Movie House will be hosting a double matinee of films by the McGurk’s Bar and Ballymurphy Massacre campaigns. “The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Loss of Innocence” was created to coincide with the launch of the highly anticipated book, The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth […]

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Secretary of State Ducks McGurk’s Bar Question

This is today’s question from Michael Connarty MP in the British House of Commons. It should have been answered by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP. She ducked and the question was answered – erroneously as I have already written – by her Minister of State, Mike Penning. Michael Connarty (Linlithgow […]

Michael Connarty, nephew of Philip Garry, the eldest victim of the McGurk's Bar bombing.

McGurk’s Bar and the Theatre of the Absurd

“When will the most recent report of the investigation into the McGurk’s Bar bombing be made public?”  This was a simple question tabled for the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland today by Michael Connarty, Labour MP for Linlithgow and East Falkirk. Michael is the nephew of the oldest victim of the McGurk’s Bar […]

Film Launch – McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Loss of Innocence

On Sunday 3rd February 2013, Dublin Road Movie House will be hosting the world premiere of our film The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Loss of Innocence.   Made by local filmmakers, Northern Visions, and funded by the Community Relations Council, The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Loss of Innocence features the family members themselves telling their touching stories […]

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Call to Action for the McGurk’s Bar Campaign

The next meeting of the McGurk’s Bar commemoration committee will be held on Saturday 26th January at 1pm in North Belfast. The committee will be discussing plans for the campaign in 2013, including the exciting release of a docu-film which we have been working on over the past year. The film, Loss of Innocence, is made […]

Michael Connarty, nephew of Philip Garry, the eldest victim of the McGurk's Bar bombing.

HET Shunts McGurk’s Bar Investigation BACK at the Police Ombudsman

The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) has finally completed the McGurk’s Bar Report… and referred it BACK to the Police Ombudsman. (Post on behalf of the McGurk’s Bar Commemoration Committee) On Thursday 6th December, Labour MP, Michael Connarty, urged the British Prime Minister to apologise to the families of the McGurk’s Bar victims and order a “proper investigation”. A […]

RUC Put Out False Story Within Hours of McGurk’s Bar Attack

Irish News exclsuive by Allison Morris, 28th October 2009 New documents relating to the McGurk’s bar bombing in 1971 show how the false claim that it was an ‘IRA own goal’ was being circulated within hours of the atrocity. Campaigners for victims of the loyalist attack, which claimed the lives of 15 innocent civilians including […]

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