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The Troubles were a period of time in Northern Ireland which many people today do not know a lot about. In this podcast we will delve into each individual bombing and attack that happened during the 30-year period. This is a non-partisan podcast that focuses solely on the facts and the accounts of the individuals involved.
Cover art by Chris O'Brien
New Episodes every Tuesday starting March 24th
I grew up in the Republic of Ireland and found that most people of my generation had no idea about the Troubles and what happened during that period. This podcast will break down many of the attacks, bombings and shootings that occurred and devote a full episode to each incident.
It is important to remember that these episodes are written by me and I've made every effort to write as clearly as possible and without bias.
That being said, this is fairy dense subject matter and there will be errors and differences of opinions. I'm happy to discuss these in a constructive manner. This podcast is the perfect starting point for those interested in learning about the Troubles.

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The Troubles Podcast Oisin Feeney

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The Troubles were a period of time in Northern Ireland which many people today do not know a lot about. In this podcast we will delve into each individual bombing and attack that happened during the 30-year period. This is a non-partisan podcast that focuses solely on the facts and the accounts of the individuals involved.
Cover art by Chris O'Brien
New Episodes every Tuesday starting March 24th
I grew up in the Republic of Ireland and found that most people of my generation had no idea about the Troubles and what happened during that period. This podcast will break down many of the attacks, bombings and shootings that occurred and devote a full episode to each incident.
It is important to remember that these episodes are written by me and I've made every effort to write as clearly as possible and without bias.
That being said, this is fairy dense subject matter and there will be errors and differences of opinions. I'm happy to discuss these in a constructive manner. This podcast is the perfect starting point for those interested in learning about the Troubles.

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    People of the Troubles: John Hume

    People of the Troubles: John Hume

    John Hume was one of the most important individuals throughout the Troubles. He spent decades of his life campaigning for a civil solution to the never ending violence in Northern Ireland and helped to navigate the path to peace, earning himself a Nobel Peace prize along the way. He passed away on August 3rd 2020 and this episode is being recorded shortly after his death, as people all over the world have come together to celebrate his life. 
    SOURCES:
    John Hume: A lesser-known life of fish, finance and football
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-53655503
    BBC Documentary on John Hume
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68agPtnsA9M
    Tributes to John Hume - a “champion of peace” in Northern Ireland - BBC News
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l70IfYYZ86w
    John Hume | Northern Ireland | Politics | SDLP - 1971
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmMIswNQixc
    John Hume - Ireland's Greatest (RTÉ Documentary)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgqIiYIfE4g
    Spotlight On The Troubles: A Secret History: Episode 1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3scz1KD9eE
    John Hume in Strasbourg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsuiuMPwu0Y&feature=emb_title
    Article About Hume in Later Life
    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/dementia-suffering-john-hume-now-oblivious-to-peace-role-wife-reveals-36828361.html
    John Hume: 'A father of the peace process and one of Derry's greatest sons'
    https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/commentanalysis/arid-40026560.html

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    • 29 min
    The Killing of Thomas Niedermayer and Subsequent Suicides

    The Killing of Thomas Niedermayer and Subsequent Suicides

    It was the 27th of December, 1973 when there was a knock on the door of the Niedermayer residence. It was late at night and 16 year old Renate answered the door. There were two men there, who told her to get her father as they had hit his car with theirs. She went upstairs and woke her father up. He walked out his front door and was never seen alive again. 
    Crises Helplines:
    Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain: Freephone 116 123 for Samaritans
    USA: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255
    Australia: Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14
    Canada: Crises Service Canada: https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/
    Sources:
    A Knock On The Door Documentary
    https://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2013/0207/647344-radio-documentary-knock-on-the-door-thomas-niedermayer-suicide-kidnapping-ira-joe-duffy/
    News Report about the kidnapping:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76QnsvoQNnY
    Article about the kidnapping:
    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/just-after-christmas-1973-thomas-niedermayer-manager-of-grundigs-dunmurry-factory-was-bundled-into-a-car-by-an-ira-gang-outside-his-west-belfast-home-he-was-never-seen-again-38256779.html
    Article about people who worked with him:
    https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2019/07/03/news/belfast-man-one-of-last-grundig-workers-to-talk-to-murdered-boss-thomas-niedermayer-1654365/
    Excellent source that was vital in this episode:
    https://www.pressreader.com/ireland/sunday-independent-ireland/20190623/283042646041090
    Another news report on the kidnapping:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtvzHtBp9Jg
    Article about suicide in Northern Ireland:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-45836491/suicide-in-northern-ireland-i-have-no-sons-left

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    • 26 min
    The Dublin and Monaghan Bombings

    The Dublin and Monaghan Bombings

    It was rush hour on Friday evening in Dublin City. Traffic was heavy and because of a bus strike there were a lot more people milling about the streets, heading home from work. 
    At 28 minutes past five the first bomb exploded and caused utter devastation on Parnell Street. Then, two minutes later a second one went off on Talbot Street. Two minutes after that a third bomb exploded. The bombs caused absolute chaos in the streets of Dublin. A fourth bomb then exploded in the county of Monaghan 90 minutes later. These bombings are responsible for the single deadliest death toll in the conflict known as the Troubles and today, over 40 years later, there are many aspects of this attack which are still shrouded in mystery.

    Sources:
    'The Impact of The Troubles on the Republic of Ireland 1968-79' by Brian Hanley
    Hidden Hand Documentary:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNvZHDafi38
    The Barron Report
    https://relativesforjustice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/barron03.pdf
    Witness Account of the Bombing
    https://www.rte.ie/archives/2019/0508/1048174-witness-accounts-of-dublin-bombings/
    Recent Article About the Attack
    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/investigator-pledges-to-work-to-find-truth-behind-dublin-monaghan-bombings-1.4255548
    Recent Article About the Attack
    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/families-remember-dublin-monaghan-bombs-1.1312544
    Article About How the Attack Wasn't Mentioned in Irish Schools
    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/dublin-and-monaghan-bombings-airbrushed-from-school-books-1.3694048
    The McEntee Report
    http://www.dublinmonaghanbombings.org/home/docs/CommissionOfInvestigationFinalReport.pdf
    Wikipedia Entry
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_and_Monaghan_bombings


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    • 26 min
    The South Armagh Sniper Brigade

    The South Armagh Sniper Brigade

    The South Armagh Sniping Campaign was a 7 year campaign that was a huge upset to the British Army. Soldiers were sniped from distances of up to 1 kilometre away and they never knew where or when the next bullet would fly. There was a palpable fear and tension for soldiers patrolling in South Armagh. But a ceasefire would give the British Army’s time to gather Intelligence as they narrowed in on finding the snipers.  

    This episode was edited by me, and written by Michael Kincella. MIchael Thomas Kincella was born in Lisburn, schooled in Belfast, and whisked to the outskirts of Newry, where his family has lived for over twenty years.
    He moved to Glasgow in 2017, where he now works as a freelance writer. His hobbies include reading, taking long walks on the beach, and writing short bios in the third-person.
    Sources:

    [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armagh
    [2] https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/iras-marita-ann-arms-shipment-betrayed-by-mole-30864500.html 
    [3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcS2LBx3nZ4&t=752s
    [4] https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/iras-marita-ann-arms-shipment-betrayed-by-mole-30864500.html
    [5] http://www.tobyharnden.com/banditcountry
    [6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Armagh_Sniper_(1990%E2%80%931997)
    [7] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1410040/This-is-IRA-bandit-country.html
    [8] https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/events/peace/docs/ira31894.htm
    [9]http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/31/newsid_3605000/3605348.stm
    [10] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GHToHZjlxk
    [11] https://www.eliteukforces.info/special-air-service/sas-operations/ira-sniper-team/
    [12] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMvBzuVeZk0
    [13] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Docklands_bombing
    [14] https://belfastchildis.com/2016/02/12/lance-bombardier-stephen-restorick-last-soldier-killed-in-northern-ireland-troubles/
    [15] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ulster-witness-to-attend-funeral-of-murdered-soldier-1278599.html
    [16] https://www.irishtimes.com/news/short-walk-to-freedom-for-the-last-of-maze-inmates-1.296912
    [17] https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/sep/26/northernireland.northernireland

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    • 30 min
    People of the Troubles: Ian Paisley

    People of the Troubles: Ian Paisley

    Ian Paisley was one of the most influential individuals involved in the Troubles. He fiercely protected Protestant and Unionist interests in Northern Ireland and flat out refused to even talk with Nationalists for decades. His thundering speeches embodied the style and power of Martin Luther King and his influence also led to the rise of loyalist paramilitary groups.  
    He was the ultimate ‘no’ man and many believed he would never soften. But he did, and in the final years of his life, he eventually agreed to sit at the table with Nationalists and help pave a future for the people of Northern Ireland. In this episode we will learn about the life of Paisley and the role he played in the Troubles in Northern Ireland. 
    Massive thanks to all my patreons for their support the past couple of months.
    SOURCES:
    BBC documentary interview with him
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2xNHqJB6vI
    Paisley, From Trouble Maker To Peacemaker
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2DNWxvIa5E&t=409s
    Documentary about the rise of the DUP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAaf49mM0Sw
    An example of one of his sermons:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIxkrFgb0CI
    Obituary:
    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/irish-times-obituary-rev-ian-paisley-1.1927133
    Sermon from 1966
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zlwLyZwnBg
    History of the Free Presbyterian Church: 
    https://www.freepresbyterian.org/history/
    Paisley heckling the Pope
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlbmIMbKZa4
    Sayings of Paisley
    https://archive.is/20140912200213/http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/the-sayings-of-ian-paisley-30582269.html
    Thatcher vs Paisley Documentary
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrjdXgIKwVg
    Documentary on the Anglo-Irish Agreement:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k3m0bbdMuY

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    • 30 min
    The Gibraltar Shooting, Milltown Cemetery Attack and Corporal Killings

    The Gibraltar Shooting, Milltown Cemetery Attack and Corporal Killings

    Though the IRA attacked places in northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, they sometimes ventured further and their plan to bomb the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar is one such example. What happened in Gibraltar, and the chain of killings that followed in Northern Ireland, is one of the most shocking examples of the tit for tat violence that encapsulated the darkest days of the troubles in Northern Ireland.

    Sources and Further Reading:
    Documentary about Mairead Farrell (Irish language with English Subtitles)
    https://ifiplayer.ie/mairead_farrell/
    Death on the Rock Full Documentary
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE_0M_pzzUI
    RTE article about Haughey's reluctance to allow the bodies of the three to be flown into Dublin Airport
    https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0825/899858-haughey-archive-papers/
    Article about the inquest into the killing of the Gibraltar three
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/01/ira-killings-gibraltar-sas-1988
    Yellow Card Rules for the British Army during conflict
    https://alphahistory.com/northernireland/british-army-instructions-opening-fire-1973/
    Guide on Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights
    https://www.echr.coe.int/Documents/Guide_Art_2_ENG.pdf
    Footage minutes before the Corporeal killings
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV3z9H6OyXo
    Another Documentary about the three events:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m8WCAHpD_I
    Article about the Corporeal Killings (Warning, graphic images)
    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/fr-alec-reid-death-it-was-a-photo-that-shocked-the-world-but-from-that-dark-day-a-sliver-of-light-appeared-on-the-horizon-29777931.html

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    • 26 min

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