On 31 October 1923 a 42-year old jeweller and father of four was shot and killed on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin in what was likely an anti-Semitic attack.
On May 5, 1881 Fenians exploded a bomb at the Chester Barracks in Chester, England: there were no casualties
Episode 89 – Phil Gurski talks with Irish analyst Lorcan Owens on the potential for future violence on the Emerald Isle.
On this day in 1976 terrorists from the Ulster Volunteer Force killed three members each from the Reavey and O’Dowd families in Northern Ireland.
The Fenians were Irish Americans seeking to put pressure on Britain to free Ireland and hence could be seen as ‘freedom fighters’. Except that they carried out attacks in Canada and assassinated one of the leaders of Canadian independence. So, are they terrorists instead? Borealis dives into the neverending debate of freedom fighter vs terrorist.
The May 1974 car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan demonstrated that the IRA was not the only violent actor: the UVF was equally violent.
The Hillcrest Bar bombing, also known as the Saint Patrick’s Day bombing, took place on 17 March 1976 in Dungannon. The Ulster Volunteer Force detonated a car bomb outside a pub crowded with people celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day.
The Clerkenwell explosion, also known as the Clerkenwell Outrage, was a bombing in London on 13 December 1867. The Irish Republican Brotherhood exploded a bomb to try to free one of their members being held at Clerkenwell Prison.
On this day in 1974, bombs went off in two pubs popular with British army personnel in Guildford that was close to several military barracks.