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


Whatever you do – say nahim!- The way we were

Tis the Winter season –

Time to stay at home of a cold, snowy evening and enjoy a film!

I liked the name of this film.

And I liked the eye-witness testimony of the Falls Curfew

Which we described here


Confirmation of the eye-witness’s reports of lack of food in the area was the permission granted by the British Army officers in command  to go to the shops.

“Saturday 4 July 1970 The Falls Road curfew continued throughout the day

5.00 pm A British Army officer announced by loudspeaker that people could come out for one hour to secure vital supplies . There were scuffles between British soldiers and locals during that hour and even children did not escape the brutality. An eight-year-old boy had his head split open by a British army baton and was then refused permission to be taken out of the area for badly needed medical attention.”

Opinions on  the film vary

What a fantastic documentary. What we Irish had to put up with. Ending was superb and so poetic“.

“A great documentary and chilling to the bone

Something not right about this documentary, actors perhaps?”

What a fragmented, badly scripted documentary. Why could they not just shoot in chronological order instead of going back and forth with the timeline. Pointless!

Which means it should be thought-provoking or an arty-farty pseudo avant-guardish sorta production!

Make up your own minds!