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The Troubles Podcast

A Podcast about the Troubles in Northern Ireland

The Troubles were a period of time in Northern Ireland which many people today do not know a lot about. In this podcast we will delve into each individual bombing and attack that happened during the 30-year period. This
Latest Episode1/12/2021

The Guildford Four and Maguire Seven

Season 2, Ep. 4
October 5th, 1974 in the small town of Guildford, England. It was a Saturday evening and the pubs were packed full of people, who were relaxing after a week spent working. The Horse and Groom was one of the more popular pubs in the town as it was rumoured to have the cheapest pints around. Amidst the jovial atmosphere, a man and a woman slipped into the pub, stayed for one drink and then left. Then, a short while later, a bomb detonated that would cause absolute carnage in the pub. Four soldiers and one civilian were killed outright with 65 others injured. Of the five people killed, four of them were teenagers.The wave of revulsion that came from the Guildford Pub Bombings would set in motion one of the greatest injustices in the British Judicial System, one which neither the victims of the bombing, nor those accused would get any closure. SOURCES:Channel Four Documentary on the Bombing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZg6LIyczyk&ab_channel=PortersOwnRTE One Documentary Following Paddy Armstrong:https://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2014/1113/658974-small-lives-and-great-reputations/Letters Written By Paul Hill While in Prison:https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29429010Gerry Talking About his Life:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYyaIHMEQq4&t=38s&ab_channel=AfriGerry Talking About Life After Prison:https://www.irishnews.com/paywall/tsb/irishnews/irishnews/irishnews//news/2017/10/05/news/gerry-conlon-blew-almost-1-million-1154156/content.htmlGareth Pierce Speaking:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQHjshw4w8s&ab_channel=swpTvUkAlso if interested check out the movie 'In The Name Of The Father. Here's the trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04ZYTB2ZXVc&t=1s&ab_channel=MovieclipsClassicTrailers
1/12/2021

The Guildford Four and Maguire Seven

Season 2, Ep. 4
October 5th, 1974 in the small town of Guildford, England. It was a Saturday evening and the pubs were packed full of people, who were relaxing after a week spent working. The Horse and Groom was one of the more popular pubs in the town as it was rumoured to have the cheapest pints around. Amidst the jovial atmosphere, a man and a woman slipped into the pub, stayed for one drink and then left. Then, a short while later, a bomb detonated that would cause absolute carnage in the pub. Four soldiers and one civilian were killed outright with 65 others injured. Of the five people killed, four of them were teenagers.The wave of revulsion that came from the Guildford Pub Bombings would set in motion one of the greatest injustices in the British Judicial System, one which neither the victims of the bombing, nor those accused would get any closure. SOURCES:Channel Four Documentary on the Bombing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZg6LIyczyk&ab_channel=PortersOwnRTE One Documentary Following Paddy Armstrong:https://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2014/1113/658974-small-lives-and-great-reputations/Letters Written By Paul Hill While in Prison:https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29429010Gerry Talking About his Life:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYyaIHMEQq4&t=38s&ab_channel=AfriGerry Talking About Life After Prison:https://www.irishnews.com/paywall/tsb/irishnews/irishnews/irishnews//news/2017/10/05/news/gerry-conlon-blew-almost-1-million-1154156/content.htmlGareth Pierce Speaking:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQHjshw4w8s&ab_channel=swpTvUkAlso if interested check out the movie 'In The Name Of The Father. Here's the trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04ZYTB2ZXVc&t=1s&ab_channel=MovieclipsClassicTrailers
12/15/2020

The Loughgall Ambush

Season 2, Ep. 2
This episode focuses on the IRA's largest loss of life during the Troubles. The unit had planned on launching an attack on an RUC barracks, and were unaware that their every move was being watched. As they moved in to attack the barracks, the British SAS were lying in wait for them.CORRECTIONS:Like with all incidents covered during the Troubles, there are a lot of sources which have a habit of saying conflicting information. Here's the full, unedited list of corrections sent to me by Mairead Kelly, who is the director of the Loughgall Truth & Justice Campaign and campaigns on behalf of the families of the men killed. The opening states that the plan was to ram a JCB through the security fence- when the bomb exploded and the British soldiers came out armed ira men would get out of the van and open fire on the soldiers – this is inaccurate as there would not have been British soldiers in this station. There were there because they knew in advance that the attack was going to take place and instead of devising a plan to prevent the attack they allowed it to take place to justify the shooting of all the men including the 2 civilians.Only one of the 8 men wore a bullet proof vestHow do you know after they pass the station twice that they were surprised that no one was coming out?Why if someone in a scout car saw a helicopter would they not alert the IRA team as they had radio contact?Only Gerard O Callaghan joined Declan Arthurs on the diggerIt was 7.25pm when the digger crashed through the fence this was also when the 3 men from the van had got out and fired at the station through the perimeter fence they were joined by 2 more men at this stage the firing from the SAS had been intense and the bomb had then exploded.The shooting lasted approximately 10 minutes.It is alleged that the civilians starting reversing but there is no evidence to support this - Mr Oliver Hughes the survivor clearly stated at a mock trial in New York in 1997 that they stopped as the bomb exploded and they were about to reverse when they were shot atThe families left the inquest in 1995 because their barrister had been denied a copy of the depositions prior to the witness taking the stand – the barrister then lodged for a judicial review on this not because we the families believed the inquest to be biased.The HET report in 2012 was a flawed report and was under review by a fresh team of HET investigators just before the HMIC report found that any case where the state especially the British military had been involved in were not investigated without bias and were not treated the same as all other cases where the state was not involved in the killings.SOURCES:Excellent documentary which features the Loughgall Ambush:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8228Jv4paQ&ab_channel=SluggerO%27TooleArticle about the IRA Unit being monitored before the attack:https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/ira-unit-killed-by-sas-had-been-monitored-for-weeks-court-told-36898633.htmlThe Ambush told from the perspective of the SAS:https://www.eliteukforces.info/special-air-service/sas-operations/loughgall/IRA Member speaking about the attack:https://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/05/08/news/ira-man-tells-the-inside-story-of-the-loughgall-attack-and-the-sas-ambush-1019349/Sinn Fein Councillorspeaking about the attack in 2011:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYeDqrVnLeg&ab_channel=SinnF%C3%A9inA full account of the event:https://www.historynet.com/troubles-came-loughgall.htm
9/1/2020

People of the Troubles: John Hume

Season 1, Ep. 15
John Hume was one of the most important individuals throughout the Troubles. He spent decades of his life campaigning for a civil solution to the never ending violence in Northern Ireland and helped to navigate the path to peace, earning himself a Nobel Peace prize along the way. He passed away on August 3rd 2020 and this episode is being recorded shortly after his death, as people all over the world have come together to celebrate his life.SOURCES:John Hume: A lesser-known life of fish, finance and footballhttps://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-53655503BBC Documentary on John Humehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68agPtnsA9MTributes to John Hume - a “champion of peace” in Northern Ireland - BBC Newshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l70IfYYZ86wJohn Hume | Northern Ireland | Politics | SDLP - 1971https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmMIswNQixcJohn Hume - Ireland's Greatest (RTÉ Documentary)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgqIiYIfE4gSpotlight On The Troubles: A Secret History: Episode 1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3scz1KD9eEJohn Hume in Strasbourghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsuiuMPwu0Y&feature=emb_titleArticle About Hume in Later Lifehttps://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/dementia-suffering-john-hume-now-oblivious-to-peace-role-wife-reveals-36828361.htmlJohn Hume: 'A father of the peace process and one of Derry's greatest sons'https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/commentanalysis/arid-40026560.html
8/11/2020

The Killing of Thomas Niedermayer and Subsequent Suicides

Season 1, Ep. 14
It was the 27th of December, 1973 when there was a knock on the door of the Niedermayer residence. It was late at night and 16 year old Renate answered the door. There were two men there, who told her to get her father as they had hit his car with theirs. She went upstairs and woke her father up. He walked out his front door and was never seen alive again.Crises Helplines:Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain: Freephone 116 123 for SamaritansUSA: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255Australia: Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14Canada: Crises Service Canada: https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/Sources:A Knock On The Door Documentaryhttps://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2013/0207/647344-radio-documentary-knock-on-the-door-thomas-niedermayer-suicide-kidnapping-ira-joe-duffy/News Report about the kidnapping:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76QnsvoQNnYArticle about the kidnapping:https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/just-after-christmas-1973-thomas-niedermayer-manager-of-grundigs-dunmurry-factory-was-bundled-into-a-car-by-an-ira-gang-outside-his-west-belfast-home-he-was-never-seen-again-38256779.htmlArticle about people who worked with him:https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2019/07/03/news/belfast-man-one-of-last-grundig-workers-to-talk-to-murdered-boss-thomas-niedermayer-1654365/Excellent source that was vital in this episode:https://www.pressreader.com/ireland/sunday-independent-ireland/20190623/283042646041090Another news report on the kidnapping:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtvzHtBp9JgArticle about suicide in Northern Ireland:https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-45836491/suicide-in-northern-ireland-i-have-no-sons-left