Tag Archives: irish republican army

THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON GERRY ADAMS (1984)


Assassination Attempt on Gerry Adams (1984)

Adams is an Irish Republican politician, former member of Parliament for Belfast West, and president of Sinn Féin, the Irish nationalist movement that has gained notoriety for its association with the volatile Irish Republican Army (IRA). He has been a key figure in Irish peace negotiations and was the main architect of the 1994 IRA ceasefire. In 1984, Adams was wounded when several gunmen opened fire on his car. What did Adams allege about the British army‘s failure to prevent the attack? More… Discuss

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

This Day in the Yesteryear: IRA BOMB KILLS BRITISH STATESMAN AND NAVAL COMMANDER LOUIS MOUNTBATTEN (1979)


A British statesman and former naval commander, Mountbatten often spent his summers in Mullaghmore, Ireland, an area also frequented by members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). In the summer of 1979, IRA member Thomas McMahon planted a bomb in Mountbatten’s boat, and it exploded as Mountbatten and some family members left on a fishing trip. Mountbatten was killed along with his grandson and another boy working on the boat. What other IRA incident happened the same day?More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: NELSON’S PILLAR DESTROYED BY EXPLOSION IN DUBLIN (1966)


Nelson’s Pillar Destroyed by Explosion in Dublin (1966)

Built in 1808 and towering over the center of Dublin, Ireland, Nelson’s Pillar was a massive monument to Horatio Nelson, Britain’s most famous naval hero. It was controversial from the start. In 1966, Irish Republican Army members destroyed the pillar with a bomb. Irish Army engineers then removed the pillar’s pedestal with a controlled explosion, which is said to have caused more damage than the original blast. The head of the statue was later stolen from storage. Where did it end up? More… Discuss

 

This Day inthe Yesteryear: MARGARET THATCHER ESCAPES ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT (1984)


Margaret Thatcher Escapes Assassination Attempt (1984)

In 1984, five people were killed and over 30 injured when a bomb tore through a hotel in Brighton, England, where Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet were staying for a conference. The bomb had been planted weeks earlier by a Provisional Irish Republican Army operative. Though Thatcher’s suite was damaged, she was uninjured. She attended the conference that morning as scheduled, and her popularity soared. How did attendee