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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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Campaign badge and film title: Loss of Innocence

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…

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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…

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A group photograph at the Stormont launch of the book.

Parliamentary Book Launches

Book Launch “The McGurk’s Bar Bombing” by Ciarán MacAirt 5pm, Tuesday 4th December 2012 (the 41st anniversary of the atrocity) Long Gallery, Stormont   With Ciarán MacAirt (author/grandson of Kathleen Irvine, one of the 15 victims), other family members and campaigners. MLAs from each of the main parties also invited to speak. 4th December is…

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History Lessons For Us All To Learn

The world is a small place. So is history…

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Holding Victims To Ransom

Below are a series of tweets by @Ransom_Stoddard on Twitter regarding the so-called “victims’ issue” in the north of Ireland. I do not think I have read it argued so eloquently or succinctly: When the spokespeople become the story then the message is weakened. I think more progress occurs from the… work that individuals and…

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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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MI5 in the Frame for McGurk’s Disinformation

This latest archive find by the families, detailed below, is a HQNI INTSUM (Intelligence Summary) that records a second piece of British black propaganda and its attempts to brand the innocent victims terrorists. Spectacularly, in what must be a massive goof by the British Ministry of Defence, the families have been able to trace the…

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MI5 Black Propaganda

This latest archive find (click here to read) is from a British army Headquarters Northern Ireland Intelligence Summary (HQNI INTSUM), dated 9th December 1971, 5 days after the McGurk’s Bar Massacre. It represents British black propaganda in stark terms as they seek to criminalize innocent civilians to fit twisted military strategy. HQNI INTSUMS were written…

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The cover of the new book by Ciarán MacAirt called Trope

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Support the work of the charity, Paper Trail.

The author Ciarán MacAirt is donating all of the profits of his book, Trope: Essays and Articles, to Paper Trail and its work with victims and survivors of the conflict, including the families of the McGurk's Bar Massacre.

Trope features some of his ground-breaking discoveries and represents a personal journey as he trudges across the killing fields of World War 1 to the back-streets of Belfast where death-squads roamed. In it, he asks whether General Sir Frank Kitson who helped cover up the McGurk's Bar Massacre was a British military hero or director of terrorism. Foreword by Father Sean McManus, international human rights activist, author, and President of the Irish National Caucus.

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