Books by the author, Ciarán MacAirt.

Below are books written by a grandson of one of the McGurk’s Bar victims which have made headline news and feature as evidence in high-profile court cases. The first is the critically acclaimed book on the atrocity and its aftermath, The McGurk’s Bar Bombing. The second is Trope, a collection of articles and essays by the author which is being sold with all proceeds going to the charity, Paper Trail.

You can read some of his investigative work on this blog or download the latest research, The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Post-Script and The McGurk’s Bar Bombing and the Plot To Deceive Two Parliaments, below.

The McGurk's Bar Bombing Plot to Deceive Two ParliamentsNEW REPORT: The McGurk’s Bar Bombing and the Plot To Deceive Two Parliaments [free PDF download]

You can download the latest research by Ciarán MacAirt, The McGurk’s Bar Bombing and the Plot To Deceive Two Parliaments, for free.

This booklet follows years of archival research and information battles against the British state. We include proof from secret British files of a high-level, coordinated and sustained plot to deceive the two Parliaments of Stormont and Westminster about the truth of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre.

McGurk's Bar Bombing Post-ScriptThe McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Post-Script

You can download our latest research here for free. The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Post-Script features new evidence discovered by family researcher Ciaran MacAirt – new evidence either missed or buried by historical investigations of the Office of the Police Ombudsman and Police Service Northern Ireland.

Among a raft of new information published in The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Post-Script, is proof that there was a covert British Army operation in place on the night of the explosion near McGurk’s Bar and the British Army recorded the escape of the suspect car minutes afterwards. Furthermore, there is final proof that the British state’s lies, which blamed our loved ones for the Massacre, began with collusion between the police and the British Army Commander in charge of Belfast.

I name this infamous British soldier.

The McGurk’s Bar Bombing by Ciarán MacAirt

Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for TruthCritically acclaimed exposé by the grandson of Kathleen Irvine, one of 15 innocent civilians murdered in the massacre.

The McGurk's Bar Bombing

In the early evening of Saturday the 4th December 1971, British extremists from the Ulster Volunteer Force planted a no-warning bomb on the doorstep of a family-run bar in north Belfast. It ripped through the building and killed 15 men, women and children, making it the country’s most devastating massacre of civilians since the Nazi Blitz. Nevertheless, the innocent victims that night were to become the forgotten victims of a dirty war.

Government, British military and RUC police sources immediately blamed the bombing as an Irish Republican own-goal even though the full weight of evidence, including a witness who saw the bomb being planted, proved it was a terrorist attack. As the families prepared to bury their loved ones, the State drip-fed black propaganda into the intelligence stream, media and public consciousness.

Since then the families have fought tirelessly and constitutionally to clear the names of their loved ones – for their only crime was the faith they followed.

About the Author

Ciarán MacAirt’s grandmother, Kitty Irvine, was one of those murdered in the McGurk’s Bar Massacre. His painstaking, meticulous and immensely detailed research has uncovered historic documents hidden in archives which cast a cold light on collusion and cover-up by the State. It is a paper trail that goes to the highest levels of the Government, police and military and proves that society today must learn from the lessons of history.

His research has featured in TV, radio and documentary programmes and in 2011 he presented his testimony to the powerful US Helsinki Commission on Capitol Hill, Washington DC.

About Colin Wallace
Colin Wallace was a member of the British Army’s covert psychological operations unit which specialised in passing disinformation into the public domain. On the night of the bombing he was working in Army Headquarters Northern Ireland when information of the attack broke. The author has not released any secret archives into the public domain until Colin Wallace too attested to their importance.
Reviews of the Book
Author and screen-writer, Viv Young, writing for the New York Journal of Books

“Greek dramatist Aeschylus claimed, ‘In war, truth is the first casualty.’ Yet thanks to determined writers like Mr. MacAirt the truths behind this particular tragedy have been resurrected.”

Read the review…

Peadar Whelan writing for An Phoblacht

“MacAirt, whose grandmother Kitty Irvine was one of those killed, by pulling together this information has lifted the lid on Britain’s dirty war in Ireland. It is a book that must be read.”

Read the review…

John Ó Néill writing on Slugger O’ Toole

“MacAirt applies a methodology that others would other might do well to study – roll your sleeves up, dig deep, dig smart and keep digging. As an addition to the literature it is essential reading for any serious student of the North’s recent history.”

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Brian Mario O’ Clery writing on Political World

“What stands out above all else in The McGurk’s Bar Bombing however, is the sheer level of sourced research presented, backed up and cross referenced throughout, all in an articulate style which never strays into over-elaboration or confusion. This is not likely to be the only print of this enlightening book”

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Author, Phil Mac Giolla Bhain

“The book represents seven years of meticulous work. The case he presents in the book for collusion after the fact by the British Army is unanswerable… This book tells a greater truth about Britain’s shameful role in Ireland”

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Veteran Republican, Gerry O’ Hare writing for the Bobby Sands Trust

“The families of the atrocity now have an excellent book written by the grandson of Kitty Irvine, who died in the attack… Ciaran’s diligence and massive research is a credit to his determination to expose the lies and criminal actions of the RUC and British Army.”

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Kieran Hughes, North Belfast News

“MacAirt’s place at the heart of the campaign informs this excellent account of the McGurk’s Bar atrocity.”

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Trade unionist and Director of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Mark Langhammer, writing in the Irish Political Review

“The McGurk’s Bar Bombing connects the re-foundation of the UVF in the 60s with the present in a way that enables us to see the use that the State has had for this group of partisans.”

Read the review (page 11 of PDF)

Trope – Essays and Articles by Ciarán MacAirt [book coming soon]

The cover of the new book by Ciarán MacAirt called TropeTrope /trəʊp/ noun, a significant or recurrent theme; a motif

One recurring theme of this collection is that war is a dirty business and we are diminished by the death of each and every victim. Another is that behind the horror, behind the terror, are human love stories but those who are left behind are starved of truth. Information is today’s battlefield and families are yet again on the frontline.

But hope shines at every turn. Family memories only stretch back so far and the British state is a history thief but the truth is there to be discovered in dusty archives if you roll your sleeves up and dig.

Ciarán MacAirt is an award-winning writer and human rights activist. These essays and articles represent a personal journey and find him trudging from the killing fields of World War 1 to the back-streets of Belfast where death-squads roamed.

Foreword by Father Sean McManus, internationally renowned activist and author.

18 comments on “Books

  • thomas patrick costello wrote:

    would like to wish you all the luck in the world in trying to gain Justice for all the victim’s of this Atrocity, if i can help in any way please let me know, i hope that all the Victim’s families will finally get the closure they deserve and the monsters who did this are finally brought to Justice, i will say a prayer for everyone affected by this extreme act of violence

    1. Many thanks for your kind thoughts, Mr Costello. I’ll be keen to hear what you think of the book if you have time to read it.

  • Gerry Keenan wrote:

    Hi Ciaran, It’s a very good and enlightening book of this rotten corrupt Government and how they hide behind the scenes. Growing up in Scotland had it’s problems with the rotten Orange corrupt police but we never suffered anywhere near to the scale of illegal collusion between the crown and the loyalist murderers. I still hope and pray the murderers and there masters can be flushed out. It was a bit of coincidence with the name of Gerry Keenan cropping up in the book, I wouldn’t know if he is a distant relation as I have been unable to trace my Dads side of the family in Ireland, all I know is the Keenans arrived in Scotland circa 1850 and settled in Kilmarnock. My mothers side the McElwee’s came from Donegal.
    Good luck with your fight for Justice, just wish I could help in some way.

    1. Many thanks for your kind support, Gerry, and I’ll be sure to ask the Keenans about their roots.

  • Congratulations on sticking with your campaign to reveal the truth and maintain the memory of those killed.I look forward to sharing the book with as many people across the World as possible.

    1. Many thanks, Stephen, and I’ll look forward to hearing what you think of the book. As always, your support and your own campaign work on Shared Troubles is much appreciated.
      Regards, Ciarán

  • Hello Ciaran, reading the book just now and must say its a real tour-de-force. The research is outstanding, and has opened my eyes to even more. Glad you made mention of the little-talked about (1 Para) Ballymurphy Massacre prior to Bloody Sunday. Some refreshing indisputable document detail, of Westminster and Stormont (also Dublin) government collusion, with certain ‘protected and armed’ sectarian elements brought into the open thanks to your and McGoldrick / Winters archive digging. Only just finished chapter 5 (An Old Pattern) and already know your book shows the uneasy truth of the Troubles in all its dirty, uncomfortable, murderous detail. I hope you can find out even more in the coming years.

    If you send me a reply email I can send you scanned copies of a couple of pages of Revolutionary In Ireland by Sean Macstiofain. This book is a.k.a. Memoirs Of A Revolutionary. Pp 220-222, also p.321, talk of McGurk’s and the Empire Loyalists, which he says after considerable Republican investigation are another British deception.

    1. Rod,
      I hope you have the same opinion of the work by its end – I’ll look forward to hearing what you think of it then too. I have sent you an email as a relevant scan of MacStiofain’s pages would be appreciated – I have not read it.
      Kind regards,

      1. Finished reading the book and would say the substance to McGurk’s Bar Bombing is of incredible importance. Its a brilliant document, very well researched and laid-out. It has taken the initiative, after the PSNI (RUC), and British government have tried to ignore when challenged or hidden from public view a substantial legacy of manipulated politicised inhumanity (collusion). The book cleverly puts (perhaps that should be ‘throws’) into the public domain a huge mountain of an evidential question to be answered. The implications to what has been found here are quite staggering, sectarian state death squads being proven repetitively to be involved in multiple civilian murder by knife, gun and bomb, proven repetitively by their own admissions of guilt, by eye-witness, by their own forensics and most overwhelmingly by their own archives, over a course of many many years. The state actively hides the collectively-linked truth. Fiddler’s House Bar, McGurk’s Bar, Kelly’s Bar, Ballymurphy Massacre, Westrock Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Dublin bombings, Monaghan bombings, Miami Showband killings.

        As a wise-man once said, ‘soldiers do not simply act on their own initiative, soldiers take and follow-through orders’. This goes further..

        When will the PSNI (RUC) finally accept the truth in all its ugly, profane transparency and answer the indisuptable papers from their own state files? Its time the familes were given the truth, its time for this episode of humanity to be put to rest for all. Without it the public will continue to hold no confidence in the political and police systems. Without it there can never be peace in NI. Most importantly, give the families their peace.

        Best wishes to the campaign, time will no doubt show, this book is an incredible document.

        1. Many thanks, Rod, and great to be in contact with you since you posted this.
          Regards, Ciarán

  • Pádraic Mac Coitir wrote:

    As a young lad living in Lenadoon I remember the explosion well. As I got older I spoke to others about it and everyone agreed there was collusion in the muderous attack. I got the book a few days ago and although it must be difficult reading for the families and survivors it’s a book I can’t leave down. I’ll be telling as many as possible that it’s a must read. Even for us who are all too aware of collusion between the british state and unionist murder gangs there’s obvioulsy a lot of detail that will open people’s eyes. Hopefully the day will come when the british admit to their involvemnt in Mc Gurk’s and many other killings.

    1. Go raibh maith agat, a Phadraic. Don’t let your copy gather dust – make sure you pass it to friends and family, and get them to do the same 😉
      Is mise le meas,

  • Patrick J Dorrian wrote:

    I am currently reading your book it is very well researched. Having lived through the 60s part I was wondering why you were rehearsing it, however, I then realised that not all readers would have had my experience and that the bombing had to be put in context so that other readers would understand the actions of Faulkner and co.
    I was at school with Pat Murphy and met Ciaran a few times so it was interesting reading that part of the book also. If you are speaking to Pat tell Paddy Dorrian sends his regards.

    1. Many thanks for taking the time to comment, Mr Dorrian.
      I thought it important to contextualize the bombing too with the addition of those chapters. There are some interesting archives that expand on what we have learned before but, of course, I had in mind those who may not know too much about the Orange statelet at that time. I have forwarded your message to Pat’s son (Ciarán’s nephew).
      Kind regards,

  • Just finished reading the book – found it difficult to put down once I began reading. Very unsettling. I grew up in Coleraine and was very young when many of these atrocities took place. I do feel however it is important that parties involved in acts of terrorism tell the truth,no matter how difficult it may be – it will only be then that we all can move on. Continue with the campaign. I pray that someday the truth will finally be told and all of those who played a part in this heinous crime be made to answer.

    1. Adie, many thanks for taking the time to read the book and get in contact. Regards, Ciarán

  • Hi Ciarán, just to say this is a great read as well as being very sad, truthful poignant. I have read just about every book there is on the North’s Irish war and indeed ancient to modern Irish history. I have a library full of these books, some of which I re-read. I am very familiar with all of the areas mentioned in the book, I spend a great deal of my time in the New Lodge, having great friends there. I walk passed the McGurks bar memorial every day I am there and have often stopped to say a prayer for the people who where massacred there. The sad thing about it all, apart from the actual atrocity itself, is that the British government and NIO never admitted the truth and still won’t. Even sadder is the fact that the VAST great majority of the people of the UK know absolutely nothing of these murder’s nor the Ballymurphy 11, Majella O’ Hare etc and many like them. As long as the truth is suppressed things cannot begin to heal. Your book is brilliant, thanks!

    1. Bob, thank you very much for taking the time to read our book and pause for thought when you pass the memorial.
      Kind regards,

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