The campaign began with a series of attacks on British military, administrative and communication properties across the northern state – eleven attacks in all.
The republican forces were made up, broadly, of four flying columns – modelled on the columns of the earlier campaign of 1919-23. This strategy was the brainchild of Sean Cronin, a journalist who had returned to Ireland from New York, subsequently rising through the ranks of the IRA.
The three dominant personalities within the movement at this time were the “three Macs”; Paddy McLogan, Tony Magan and Tomás MacCurtain, son of the murdered Lord Mayor of Cork. Cronin’s strategy envisaged the use of columns made up predominantly of southern Volunteers, operating from across the border, launching strikes into the northern state.
Many of those who would later become senior leadership in various republican organisations were involved in this campaign.
These include Seamus Costello who led the attack on Magherafelt court house (later INLA chief-of-staff), Sean Garland (later senior Official IRA member), Ruairí Ó Brádaigh and Daithí Ó Conaill (two of the founders of the Provisional IRA).
Cathal Goulding and Seán MacStiofáin, respective future chiefs-of-staff of the Official and Provisional IRA, were serving prison sentences in England during the campaign for their part in an arms raid during its build-up.
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Too Mum’s and Dad’s, Brothers and Sisters, Cousin’s and Unkels, Nephew’s & Neices, Aunt’s it effects each and everyone of us. Please don’t forget.
I dont usually ask for too much but am in turmoil, ye see I dont really need anything, but the children in my community do, another wee fella ended his life here yesterday , some youngsters will have to go to food banks just to eat on Christmas Day, some haven’t had a job since they left school, and some are dying simply because they cant get proper health care, some are stifled with mental illness’s, drink, drugs and other addictions have brought our wee town to its knees, So I guess what am asking for is nothing short of a miracle, but maybe Christmas is the perfect time for a miracle ,
In what has become known as ‘The Mullacreevie Park Massacre‘, when the car they were driving was fired on by the RUC at Armagh.
Despite both men being totally unarmed, Roddy Carroll was shot from a distance of six feet while Seamus Grew was shot dead from a distance of two feet by the same RUC Constable, John Robinson, who claimed he had expected to find Dominic McGlinchey in the car that the two men were travelling in. Robinson, despite admitting to lying, fabricating evidence and altering notes was acquitted at the Crown court by judge MacDermott.Their deaths were subsequently investigated by John Stalker as part of his investigation into an apparent State shoot-to-kill policy in the north of Ireland.
As of 2016, no inquest into his death has been completed. Indeed, in 1984 the first appointed Coroner Gerry Curran resigned due to “grave irregularities” in the case. Each subsequent attempt at commencing coronial proceedings has been met with apparent state delays and obstacles.
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