Before we look at the BBC film “The Funeral Murders”, it’s worth looking at what happened as the IRA brought the bodies of their comrades home and what the family representatives had to go through
So if you’re one of the Diaspora that can’t see the BBC or
for some reason you missed film last night
here you go!
Perceptions and thoughts 30 years after the Deaths on the Rock and what happened in Belfast at the funerals and afterwards
Remember: On 27 September 1995 the European Court of Human Rights judged the “Deaths on the Rock” as unlawful killings. It found the British government guilty of violating the right to life of the 3 victims. This was the first time the Court had ever found a violation of Article 2 of the Convention.
“Michael Stone was an absolute hero within the loyalist commmunity
“We jumped round the living room in joy”
“He was worshipped, absolutely worshipped”
“I ducked down behind the cemetery wall – bullets were flying everywhere. I was terrified. And then I had to get back in to the newsroom and write up the story” – young female reporter on assignment to cover the Funerals of the Gibraltar 3 (personal communication)
Michael Stone killed 3 men and injured more than sixty people, including a pregnant mother of four, a 72-year-old grandmother and a ten-year-old boy
RIP Thomas McErlean, 20, married with two children.
RIP John Murray, 26, husband, father of two.
RIP Oglach Kevin Brady, 30.
Three days later at Kevin Brady’s funeral 2 plain clothes British soldiers were found on the scene, attacked by mourners and then killed
“They’ve gone berserk. And no wonder!” elderly woman listening to the radio news of the soldiers’ killing (personal communication)
You may also like to look at our earlier post on the Gibraltar murders, with some original footage and more info on Michael Stone, the sectarian serial killer