As a sidebar to my other blogs I am wanting to remember some of the terrible events of 40 years ago which still have a resonance now.
We need to find a way to reconcile ourselves to what happend in what was the worst year of the Troubles. July was the worst month. And it all kicked off 40 years ago today (Mon) in Lenadoon.
Nationalists displaced from other parts of Belfast were taking over houses in the estate and the peaceline was gradually moving backwards towards the Stewartstown Road. A stand off developed between the UDA and the IRA, still on ceasefire following abortive secret talks in London two days before. The Army intervend.
captures the furious confrontation that ensued.
As rioting broke out Twomey declared that the…
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