the rocky road to Dublin – the way we were

Good evening boys and girls, ladies and gents
I’m back
Summer’s drawing to a close

Time for a film as the Pope is visiting part of Ireland

He’s begging for forgiveness and pardon for clerical “sins” –

Crimes to you and me!

The numbers of children and women who were tortured by the church and state is almost too immense to fathom.
For decades Irish  governments sent babies, children and women into incarceration which they knew was brutal and horrific.

Doctors, Gardai, teachers, mothers, sports organisations, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, friends, neighbours and the clergy knew what has happening and the majority stayed silent or deliberately covered up.

Similar crimes happened in Scotland as we saw nuns arrested just this week

What is the Church doing?

Pope Francis is not handing anybody over to the police

He’s not offering compensation to the victims

I don’t see any sign of the Vatican cheque book handy,

to pay up for all the damages.

The Pope’s in Silent prayer….

That’ll certainly help the Survivors.

How about  turning in those Churchmen that allowed/facilitated this and covered up for their criminal colleagues?


So we come to tonight’s film

It’s hard watching

Shows how gullible we were, how trusting and naive, ripe for the plucking

Let’s hope we have wised up by now – at least enough to look after ourselves!

Unlawful killing in Gibraltar and a serial sectarian murderer – the way we were

Gaining the Full Picture

Before we look at the BBC film “The Funeral Murders”, it’s worth watching

Death on the Rock 

and what happened as the IRA  brought the bodies of their comrades home

and what the family representatives had to go through

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. 

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

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 was an absolute hero within the loyalist commmunity

“We jumped round the living room in joy”

“He was worshipped, absolutely worshipped

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