Justice for Maura Meehan and her sister Dorothy Maguire Murdered by British Crown Forces.

Maura Meehan, one of two women who died in a shooting incident involving a British Army patrol in the Lower Falls area of Belfast, N Ireland. She was aged 31 years and married with 3 children. The woman who died with her was her sister, Dorothy Maguire, 19 years, single. Both were Roman Catholic and from West Belfast. It later emerged that they were members of Cumann na mBan, the Women’s IRA, and were the first members of that organisation to die in the Troubles. The soldiers claimed that a gun was pointed at them from the car. It later transpired the women were sounding the car horn to warn of the presence of soldiers. 197110230424MM1
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Dorothy Maguire, 19 years, single, one of two women who died in shooting incident involving a British Army patrol in the Lower Falls area of Belfast, N Ireland. The other woman was her married sister, Maura Meehan, of Brantry Street, Belfast. They were both members of Cumann na mBan, the Women’s IRA, and were the first members of that organisation to die in the Troubles. The soldiers claimed that a gun was pointed at them from the car. It later transpired the women were sounding the car horn to warn local people of the presence of soldiers. 197110230424DM1
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On their 32nd anniversary Flo O�Riordan recalls the night her two best friends were murdered.

32 years have passed since Flo O’Riordan (right) witnessed her two best friends being murdered by the British army. She narrowly escaped death herself and the painful memory of that day is still woven into the fabric of Flo’s life.

Maura Meehan (31) and Dorothy Maguire (19) were sisters. Both were members of the female wing of the IRA, the Cumann na mBan. It’s only now that Flo can publicly talk about those awful events.

Flo and Maura had helped set up the Clonard Women’s Action Committee. One of the roles the group played was to alert the community if the British Army were raiding homes in the area.

On the night Maura and Dorothy were murdered the sisters set out with Flo and a local man, Billy Davidson, after hearing the British army were raiding homes in the Lower Falls.

With the introduction of internment in August of that year the women knew the army would be wrecking homes and arresting local men.

Introduction of Internment without trial

The women had recently obtained foghorns.

As they drove towards Cape Street they noticed a British army Land Rover across the middle of the street.

British soldier stands guard with a rifle over a young rioter in the Lenadoon Avenue area, of Belfast, N Ireland, during widespread disturbances which followed the introduction of internment without trial. 387/71, 197108000387a.
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There were 75 British army personnel in the area at the time, 32 of those were in Cape Street as part of the raiding party, a mix of Green Howards and Green Jackets.

THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTHERN IRELAND, 1969 – 2007 (TR 32956) 2nd Lieutenant Robin Martin and Rifleman Andy Walker of 1st Royal Green Jackets man a barbed wire street barricade in Belfast during the Battalion’s first tour of duty in Northern Ireland. The tour lasted from 20 August – 18 December 1969. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205189943

The car the group were travelling in turned left to gain access to Cape Street and at that point Flo clearly remembers seeing a soldier crouch down and take aim at the car.

green (cowards) howards.

�I remember shouting ‘duck’ but it was too late they had already started firing.

green (cowards) howards

�There was noise all around but inside the car I can only remember silence, complete horrible silence.

The Aftermath: The car Maura & Dorothy were traveling in at the time of their murder.

�The girls didn’t stand a chance. The car swerved and hit the wall. I got out and looked into the back to try and open the door and get the girls out.

Follow the story here: http://www.nuzhound.com/articles/Irelandclick/arts2003/oct30_double_tragedy.php

�Maura was just bleeding from every part of her body, even her ankles were bleeding, one of the bullets had severed her spinal cord.

�The car was like a pepper mill, completely riddled with bullets. They had wanted us all dead so no one would live to tell what really happened.

�The shots had torn through Dorothy’s head and her whole face was disfigured.

�People came from everywhere it’s hard to put all the details into the proper sequence.

A stunning picture of Maura Meehan, such a beautiful young lady. Far to young to have her life taken from her.

�Local people took me to hospital.

Despite being badly injured herself Flo was only in the hospital for a few hours when the RUC came and arrested her. They took her to Castlereagh interrogation centre where she went through three days of hell before finally being charged with attempted murder of unnamed British soldiers.

Outside of Castlereagh Interrogation Centre

Billy Davidson attended a press conference the following day to dispute the British army’s version of events; the British said the women had opened fire on them from the car.

�I was worried about my own six children and if they were okay but I knew the girls were dead and I knew that Maura’s four children would never see her again.

Listen to it here: http://www.nuzhound.com/articles/Irelandclick/arts2003/oct30_double_tragedy.php

�I got a hard time in Castlereagh. They threw pictures of Maura and Dorothy into the cell, pictures of their injuries, horrible pictures.

Inside Castlereagh Interrogation Centre.

�I was injured, but also in shock and grieving.

Flo was finally given bail and allowed home to her children. She made it to her two friends’ funeral.

At the inquest a succession of British soldiers testified. There was inconsistent forensic evidence.

And after a trial that lasted five days, Flo and Billy were cleared of all charges, but found guilty only of dangerous driving, to stop any compensation claim for wrongful arrest.

Another photo of the inside of Castlereagh Interrogation Centre.

But if 1971 holds bad memories for Flo little did she know more was still to come.

A muriel dedicated to Cumann na mBan volunteers Óglach Maura Meehan agus Óglach Dorothy Maguire. Fuair sé bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann.

Less than six months later Flo’s son Sen was gunned down by the British army at the corner of Cupar Street and Cawnpore Street. He was just 13-years old, the second eldest of the O’Riordan children.

Óglach Seán O’Riordan (Sen), (13), na Fianna hÉireann, murded by British soldiers, he was the youngest volunteer at the time to be murdered by the British Army. It was reported at the time: “The youngest boy to die Sean O’Riordan (14) from the Lower Falls area, was killed during an attack on British soldiers. Locals said he had been active in the IRA and used as a sniper and for transpoting guns for up to a year at the time. Two others were shot during clashes with loyalists”. (Belfast Telegraph) a predomant loyalist newspaper reported. Fuair sé bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann.

The schoolboy was shot in the back of the head.

�Even after all these years the pain still hasn’t gone away, recalls Flo.

Please sign the petition to get the Justice Maura & Dorothy deserve, thankyou: https://www.change.org/p/maura-meehan-and-her-sister-dorothy-maguire-ask-british-government-to-finally-admit-fault-in-execution-style-murder-of-my-mother-and-aunt-30-and-19-leaving-four-children-orphaned-without-a-future-or-explanation-from-october-23-1971

�Altogether I spent five years of my life in and out of prison, but my children were the ones that suffered.

�I lost my best friends, I lost my beautiful son, my children were left without a mother on many occasions.

�There are times when I just fall to pieces. Sen’s birthday falls three days after the anniversary of Maura and Dorothy’s death. From there it is just a spiral of grief that lasts until the anniversary of his death on 23 March. “May he rest in peace”.

�In many ways the actions of the women in those days was overlooked, it is always the men who get the medals. In republican circles it was acknowledged how important a role we were playing, but because it was all behind the scenes there was very little public recognition for the risks we took.

�The difference with women who were involved is that they were also the home-makers, if they went to jail or died they were leaving their families to fend for themselves.

�When you look at the political process and what we have been through this week you have to ask yourself, all that suffering and for what?

�My family have had their fair share of suffering, so have many others, but we believed that we were fighting for a 32 county Ireland.

�I will never forget all those people who died, all those young lads who gave so much, and sacrificed their lives for that cause.

�And even though for many that cause is forgotten, the people who died during those terrible years will never be forgotten should 30, 40, 50 or even 100 years pass.�

Last news report from the BBC concerning both sisters:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-23576607

November 3, 2003

With many thanks to: Gearad Meehan and Richard Steele.

This is my mother, Maura Meehan, 30 years old, unarmed and executed by the Royal Green Jackets, 23rd October, 1971.

Maura Meehan, executed by the Royal Green Jackets (British Army) 23rd October, 1971.

This is my mother, Maura Meehan, 30 years old, unarmed and executed by Royal Green Jackets (British Army) for daring to protest the introduction of internment without trial on the 23rd of October, 1971, during the occupation of crown forces in Belfast, North of Ireland. Her nineteen year old sister, Dorothy Maguire was murdered alongside her, the investigation claimed both bodies had gunshot residue on them, this is a fact due to the fact they were shot point blank in the back of the head and shouldn’t imply they were enemy combatants, yet to this day the investigation has been shelved in the need to not undermine national security and avoid embarrassment and justice for our families, the victors write history from their perspective deny human rights to the innocent, our struggle for truth will never end , one day we can say now you can both rest in peace. Amen.

With many thanks to: Gerard Meehan.

BEAUTIFUL AND BRAVE MAURA MEEHAN AGED 3O

(Clockwise from top left) Óglach Dorothy Maguire, Óglach Maura Meehan, Óglach Anne Parker, Óglach Anne Marie Petticrew, Óglach Bridie Dolan, Óglach Laura Crawford, Óglach Rosemary Bleakley, Óglach Vivien Fitzsimmons, Óglach Pauline Kane and Óglach Julie Dougan.

         Cummann na mban

Murdered for standing up for her people and country. She was shot at close range by British soldiers, along with her 19 year old sister Dorothy Maguire


The
women were unarmed.

The truth is known.

Another crime of the Crown.

Another shame of England.

Another 2 reasons to demand accountability.

With many thanks to: 

Submission to the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižniks, concerning the shooting dead of sisters Dorothy Maguire & Maura Meehan by British Soldiers, October 23rd 1971, West Belfast.

A follow-up to a previous story concerning the murder of Maura Meehan and her sister who were murdered by the British Army: 

With many thanks to: Geard Meehan, Meehan and Maguire family’s, https://www.facebook.com/groups/174928556038780/.