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The McGurks Bar Bombing Kindle Edition
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Tugann an leabhar seo inspioráid agus dóchas do dhaoine ag lorg an fhírinne. Déanann Ciarán tagairt do na foinsí a fuarathas an t-eolas agus i mo thuairim is rud an-thábhachtach é sin do dhaoine atá ag iarraidh na bréag agus tuairiscí claonta (atá fós linn) a fhiosriú.
Is leabhar suimiúil, neamhchlaonta, fíriciúla é 'The McGurk's Bar Bombing' agus mholfainn do gach duine é.
Collusion is no Illusion!
Clearly its focus is a particular massacre of civilians by loyalists. Therefore, those from that background may well feel uncomfortable (for want of a better word) when reading the book. In the same way, for example, a book about Bloody Friday would make Republicans feel uncomfortable.
However, Ciaran injects more balance than he strictly needs to. He goes out of his way to highlight the gallantry shown by individual members of the security forces, as well of course as writing about Republican violence before the bombing and immediately afterwards. He also frequently includes a loyalist interpretation of events when discussing political development in a broader context.
However, the main strength of the book is the outstanding primary research. Mr MacAirt has gone above and beyond the call of duty in terms of archival research, uncovering the roots of a government disinformation strategy after the bombing, and highlighting a series of misleading statements by government ministers and spokesmen about the bombings when compared to actual evidence.
As well as that, the book is accessible and easy to read. Although the focus is one bombing, the writer puts this bombing well into a broader context of Belfast at that time. For that reason I think its an essential part of any collection of writings on Northern Ireland.
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