Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, was a dangerous place to be in the late 1970s
. With bombs, shootings, British Army Patrols, riots on the streets, and The Ramones
and New York Dolls
on the turntable, the most punk thing 5 Catholic lads could do was to sing upbeat songs about adolescent lust
, getting nowhere with said girls
, and the general struggles
of being young
. In the bleeding heart of The Troubles
, The Undertones
escaped by dreaming of a life more ordinary
. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey
on Jun 11, 2014 -
"Anthony McIntyre made one thing clear: The project
had to remain absolutely secret. If Boston College wanted him to interview former members of the Irish Republican Army, he needed that guarantee.... In those heady, early days, when talk of reconciliation dominated public discussion in Northern Ireland, no one imagined their project would get caught up in an international criminal investigation into a four-decade-old murder. How that happened is a tale of grand ambitions undermined by insular decision-making and careless oversight."
posted by Rangeboy
on Jan 27, 2014 -
As reported in this article in the Guardian
, a US appeals court recently ruled that confidential oral history interviews given by former members of Northern Irish paramilitary groups to researchers from Boston College are not confidential. [more inside]
posted by naturalog
on Jul 9, 2012 -
Gary Brecher (the "War Nerd") examines the track records of the IRA vs. Al Qaeda
"It’s hard for an American to get your head around any of this, but the point, and it’s very 'counter-intuitive' as they say, is that Al Qaeda did everything wrong, spending all their assets and going for maximum kill, and the IRA, the poster-boy for long, slow, crock-pot guerrilla warfare, did it exactly right." (via
) [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar
on Jul 7, 2011 -
Martin McGuinness' description of those who carried out attacks on a PSNI member in Craigavon and British solidiers in Antrim: "These people - they are traitors to the island of Ireland. They have betrayed the political desires, hopes and aspirations of all of the people who live on this island. And they don't deserve to be supported by anyone." [more inside]
posted by tiny crocodile
on Mar 10, 2009 -
During The Troubles in Northern Ireland, the SAS came up with a very creative way of identifying and apprehending PIRA bomb-makers: They set up a laundry
posted by Cobalt
on Oct 23, 2008 -
Sure, you can make your IRA contribution just before the deadline this year in plain old mutual funds, but did you know it is possible to put retirement money into Costa Rican hardwoods
? Or income properties
or perhaps even Chinese currency
(not much yield there)? You can set up a self-directed IRA, where you choose the investments, which opens up quite a range of possibilities
and perils. The dangers are obvious, and be sure watch the fees
, though, and, of course, consult with your legal, tax, and financial advisors first.
posted by Adamchik
on Apr 13, 2007 -
Were these guys birdwatchers, or IRA members
training FARC guerillas in improvised explosive techniques? Suddenly, mysteriously back on Irish soil, the "Colombia 3" - James Monaghan, Niall Connolly and Martin McCauley - have caused a shitstorm for Bertie Ahern and his ministers; especially in the wake of the newly announced IRA disarmament.
posted by punkbitch
on Aug 11, 2005 -
I have been in torture photos, too.
Gerry Adams speaks out. "News of the ill-treatment of prisoners in Iraq created no great surprise in republican Ireland. We have seen and heard it all before. Some of us have even survived that type of treatment. Suggestions that the brutality in Iraq was meted out by a few miscreants aren't even seriously entertained here. We have seen and heard all that before as well. But our experience is that, while individuals may bring a particular impact to their work, they do so within interrogative practices authorised by their superiors."
posted by sunexplodes
on Jun 5, 2004 -
Apparently, over the past months, the IRA has been secretly rearming itself.
and many of the arms seem to be coming from the U.S.
. Post 9/11, peace seemed to be coming to Ireland, but now it appears that just like in the Middle East we're back to business as usual. I believe in a united Ireland, myself, but I don't want a return to the barbarism of the past 30-odd years. The U.S. has pledged neutrality in Ireland, but I honestly dont know if that's the best course. I was honestly hoping that the Emerald Isle would set an example for the other conflicted nations but it seems it's not to be.
posted by jonmc
on Apr 21, 2002 -
From Ballymurphy to Osama Bin Laden
Viewpoint on how 911 and the IRA decommissioning annoucement should be taken, from Simon Jenkins in The Times. I know this has been discussed, but I've read Simon Jenkins for many years and he's an valuable voice IMO.
posted by Summer
on Oct 24, 2001 -
Since the "battle against terrorism will be fought worldwide", is it going to target, among others, the groups in Northern Ireland, ETA, Kach and Kahane Chai(!)? Also, it's notable there has been no mention of the long history of financing and arms for the IRA and such that emanates from the US.
posted by mmarcos
on Sep 29, 2001 -
The new Northern Ireland
government teeters on the brink of collapse over Provisional IRA weapons decommissioning, while the rest of Europe worries about Joerg
. I find it interesting that some worry about how a government will be formed, and
others worry if they will have a government at all.
posted by tomcosgrave
on Feb 2, 2000 -