The Broadcasting voice restrictions

On this day 30 years ago the British Home Secretary, Douglas Hurd, issued a notice under clause 13 of the BBC Licence and Agreement to the BBC and under section 29) of the Broadcasting Act 1981 to the Independent Broadcasting Authority prohibiting the broadcast of direct statements by representatives or supporters of eleven Irish political andContinue reading “The Broadcasting voice restrictions”

The Kidnapping of Shergar

On this day 36 years ago, gunmen stole the champion Irish race horse Shergar from a stud farm owned by the Aga Khan in County Kildare, Ireland. The five-year-old thoroughbred stallion, named European horse of the year in 1981, was worth $13.5 million and commanded stud fees of approximately $100,000. The most famous and valuableContinue reading “The Kidnapping of Shergar”

The Bombing of Broadgate, 1939- The IRA S-plan

In the wider perception of European history, the late 1930s is remembered as the time when Nazi Germany began to cast its shadow over Europe leading ultimately to the most destructive conflict in history – World War II. At the same time however, old grievances were bubbling to the surface once more in Ireland andContinue reading “The Bombing of Broadgate, 1939- The IRA S-plan”

How Neutral was Ireland during WWII-Ireland and the Third Reich.

The Republic of Ireland was and still is a neutral country but during WWII there were many Irish volunteers who fought with the allies against the Axis power.Like The first RAF bomber pilot to be shot down and killed in 1939 was Willie Murphy from Cork. His navigator, Larry Slattery, from Thurles, became the longest-serving ‘British’Continue reading “How Neutral was Ireland during WWII-Ireland and the Third Reich.”

The kidnapping of Dr Herrema by the IRA

On October 3rd, 1975, Dr Tiede Herrema was driving from his home in Castletroy, Co Limerick, to an early-morning meeting at the Ferenka steel plant at Annacotty, when he was abducted by two republicans, Marion Coyle and Eddie Gallagher.   Herrema, , had been dispatched by the parent company in his native Netherlands to troubleshootContinue reading “The kidnapping of Dr Herrema by the IRA”

German invasion of Ireland

Before you all start telling me I should look back at the history books, I know that Ireland was never invaded by the Germans during WWII. Except for the Belfast Blitz(pictures above) the island of Ireland remained unscathed during the war. The republic of Ireland was neutral, but I believe more due to it’s geographicalContinue reading “German invasion of Ireland”