The Troubles Podcast

Oisin J Feeney

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 24thI 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. read less
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Episodes

The Kingsmill Massacre
Mar 9 2021
The Kingsmill Massacre
It was 5.30 in the evening, and sixteen textile workers were in a minibus on their way home from the factory they worked at. Four workers got out at Whitecross and the bus continued on before being flagged down and stopped by a man in a combat uniform. They asked which of the workers were Catholics and the one Catholic man made himself known. He was told to "Get down the road and don't look back". On that fateful evening, the remaining 11 protestant workers who were still on the bus would not be making it home.SOURCES:Article about the massacre:https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/imported/blood-in-the-rain-28255886.htmlArticle about Kingsmill memorial being attacked:https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-20573217BBC article from the archives: http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/5/newsid_2500000/2500393.stmCAIN Photo of a memorial:https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/victims/memorials/static/photos/408.htmlArticle about Sinn Fein rejecting findings of CAIN report: https://sluggerotoole.com/2011/06/22/sinn-fein-rejects-het-findings-on-kingsmill-massacre/Article about the families campaign for the truth:https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-13871535Human kindness and heroism shine out from North’s Kingsmill atrocity:https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/human-kindness-and-heroism-shine-out-from-north-s-kingsmill-atrocity-1.1858395Interview with Alan Black the sole survivor of the massacre, during a chance, encounter on the street.The reporter didn't know who he was and was asking random people on the street about Brexit:https://youtu.be/txcnmz_qiKIArticle regarding the palm print:https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/kingsmill-massacre-man-will-not-be-prosecuted-over-palm-print-1.2969511Account of Alan Black during inquest:https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/coroner-s-court/victim-of-kingsmill-massacre-cried-for-his-mother-inquest-told-1.2660388Alan Black RTE Interview:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0RRm36vdhU&ab_channel=RTERadio1A documentary about the Glenanne Ganghttps://youtu.be/LUjC5xJrmLk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Loughinisland Massacre
Feb 9 2021
The Loughinisland Massacre
June 18th, 1994 in the small village of Loughinisland the Northern Irish county of Down. There was a crowd of people in the tiny heights bar, watching the Republic of Ireland play Italy in the 1994 World Cup. At 10 minutes past 10, two men dressed in boiler suits and balaclavas walked into the bar. They were armed with assault rifles, and as they walked in, they shouted ‘Fenian Bastards’ and then opened fire on the unarmed crowd, killing five. They then disappeared into the night. The incident went on to become known as the Loughinisland Massacre and what went on to be revealed over the next 20 years has led this massacre to become one of the most stark and startling examples of collusion between the police and loyalist paramilitary group, the UVF. SOURCES:Hutchinson Report:https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/issues/police/ombudsman/po240611_loughinisland.pdfMaguire Report:https://www.policeombudsman.org/PONI/files/17/17aea3d1-c4c6-4f02-8ebc-4eb39af9b168.pdfNo Stone Unturned Documentary (Only available in certain regions):https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Stone-Unturned-Aidan-OToole/dp/B078HFQG7JArticle about the Republic of Ireland Football Team's gesture:https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article16160468.eceArticle about the arrest of the journalists:https://www.thejournal.ie/loughinisland-journalists-4672007-Jun2019/Article about a survivor of Loughinisland:https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/others/survivor-loughinisland-massacre-1994Owner of the Heights bar speaks of the massacre:https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-36494898Article about retired policemen trying to quash the Maguire Report:https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/police-ombudsman-michael-maguire-overstepped-mark-in-loughinisland-report-criminal-findings-court-rules-39296069.html See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Guildford Four and Maguire Seven
Jan 12 2021
The Guildford Four and Maguire Seven
October 5th, 1974 in the small town of Guildford, England. It was a Saturday evening and the pubs were packed full of people, who were relaxing after a week spent working. The Horse and Groom was one of the more popular pubs in the town as it was rumoured to have the cheapest pints around. Amidst the jovial atmosphere, a man and a woman slipped into the pub, stayed for one drink and then left. Then, a short while later, a bomb detonated that would cause absolute carnage in the pub. Four soldiers and one civilian were killed outright with 65 others injured. Of the five people killed, four of them were teenagers. The wave of revulsion that came from the Guildford Pub Bombings would set in motion one of the greatest injustices in the British Judicial System, one which neither the victims of the bombing, nor those accused would get any closure. SOURCES:Channel Four Documentary on the Bombing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZg6LIyczyk&ab_channel=PortersOwnRTE One Documentary Following Paddy Armstrong:https://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2014/1113/658974-small-lives-and-great-reputations/Letters Written By Paul Hill While in Prison:https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29429010Gerry Talking About his Life:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYyaIHMEQq4&t=38s&ab_channel=AfriGerry Talking About Life After Prison:https://www.irishnews.com/paywall/tsb/irishnews/irishnews/irishnews//news/2017/10/05/news/gerry-conlon-blew-almost-1-million-1154156/content.htmlGareth Pierce Speaking:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQHjshw4w8s&ab_channel=swpTvUkAlso if interested check out the movie 'In The Name Of The Father. Here's the trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04ZYTB2ZXVc&t=1s&ab_channel=MovieclipsClassicTrailers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
People of the Troubles: John Hume
Sep 1 2020
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 footballhttps://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-53655503BBC Documentary on John Humehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68agPtnsA9MTributes to John Hume - a “champion of peace” in Northern Ireland - BBC Newshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l70IfYYZ86wJohn Hume | Northern Ireland | Politics | SDLP - 1971https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmMIswNQixcJohn Hume - Ireland's Greatest (RTÉ Documentary)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgqIiYIfE4gSpotlight On The Troubles: A Secret History: Episode 1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3scz1KD9eEJohn Hume in Strasbourghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsuiuMPwu0Y&feature=emb_titleArticle About Hume in Later Lifehttps://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/dementia-suffering-john-hume-now-oblivious-to-peace-role-wife-reveals-36828361.htmlJohn Hume: 'A father of the peace process and one of Derry's greatest sons'https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/commentanalysis/arid-40026560.html See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Killing of Thomas Niedermayer and Subsequent Suicides
Aug 11 2020
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 SamaritansUSA: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255Australia: Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14Canada: Crises Service Canada: https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/Sources:A Knock On The Door Documentaryhttps://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=76QnsvoQNnYArticle 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.htmlArticle 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/20190623/283042646041090Another news report on the kidnapping:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtvzHtBp9JgArticle about suicide in Northern Ireland:https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-45836491/suicide-in-northern-ireland-i-have-no-sons-left See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Dublin and Monaghan Bombings
Jul 28 2020
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 HanleyHidden Hand Documentary:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNvZHDafi38The Barron Reporthttps://relativesforjustice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/barron03.pdfWitness Account of the Bombinghttps://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-1.4255548Recent Article About the Attack https://www.irishtimes.com/news/families-remember-dublin-monaghan-bombs-1.1312544Article About How the Attack Wasn't Mentioned in Irish Schoolshttps://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/dublin-and-monaghan-bombings-airbrushed-from-school-books-1.3694048The McEntee Reporthttp://www.dublinmonaghanbombings.org/home/docs/CommissionOfInvestigationFinalReport.pdfWikipedia Entry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_and_Monaghan_bombings See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.