`The Real Ireland' Seeks End to Terror Public Outrage at Bombings Brings New Momentum to Peace Movements - a Letter from Belfast

By Alf McCreary, | The Christian Science Monitor, March 31, 1993 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

`The Real Ireland' Seeks End to Terror Public Outrage at Bombings Brings New Momentum to Peace Movements - a Letter from Belfast


Alf McCreary,, The Christian Science Monitor


ON March 25 four Roman Catholic workmen in the seaside town of Castlerock were killed in a single attack by the outlawed Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF), a paramilitary group that favors union with Britain, and two other Catholics were killed elsewhere. Since 1969, similar attacks in Northern Ireland, or Ulster, have killed a total of 3,053 people - Protestants, Catholics, security forces, and terrorists. It is hard to come to terms with something faintly reminiscent of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina when it is on your own doorstep.

The awful thing about living in Northern Ireland is that we have seen it all before: the first news of the killings, the ritual condemnation, the grieving relatives, the shocked bystanders, the chilling, even gloating, words of the assassins. After the Castlerock killings, a UFF spokesman said: "It's been a good week so far - and it's only Thursday."

Significantly, however, the current widespread revulsion at more recent killings - the murders of two young boys by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb in Warrington, England - feels different. Tiny Jonathan Ball, aged 3, and Tim Parry, a lad of 12, were killed, and others were injured, when an IRA bomb exploded in a litter bin in a crowded shopping center. Their deaths touched a raw nerve in Britain and the Irish Republic, prompting massive publicity in the British and Irish press. About 30,000 people in Dublin signed books of condolences to be sent to the grieving families in Warrington. Irish Deputy Prime Minister Dick Spring sent an eloquent message of sympathy: "The real Ireland is walking in spirit behind the coffins of your sons."

In Dublin, a peace rally gathered March 28 to protest the recent killings, drawing a crowd of at least 15,000. At the rally, clergymen, poets, singers and actors launched a "Peace '93 Initiative," which intends to "channel public anger and revulsion into positive and dignified action for peace."

The question now is whether activism will translate into political progress.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

`The Real Ireland' Seeks End to Terror Public Outrage at Bombings Brings New Momentum to Peace Movements - a Letter from Belfast
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?