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Saint of the Day for Monday, May 4th, 2015 : St. Florian


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today’s holiday: World Bog Snorkelling Championship


World Bog Snorkelling Championship

Peat bogs are areas of wetlands that are plentiful around the United Kingdom, so in the 1980s folks in the small town of Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, decided to make annual, if wacky, use of one. They clear a 60-yard path through the black, smelly waters of the Waen Rhydd peat bog outside town. Competitors must traverse the trench twice using any but standard swim strokes. Snorkels and flippers are required wear. A newer event takes place in the same bog in July—the World Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling Championship. More… Discuss

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

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THE ALDERSHOT BOMBING (1972)


The Aldershot Bombing (1972)

In revenge for the Bloody Sunday incident of a month earlier in which 13 civil-rights protesters in Northern Ireland were shot dead by British paratroopers, the Official IRA detonated a car bomb at the Hampshire, England, headquarters of the British Army’s 16th Parachute Brigade. The intended targets—soldiers and officers—largely escaped harm, but the bomb did claim the lives of seven civilian staff—a priest, a gardener, and five kitchen workers. How did this influence Official IRA tactics? More… Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: BLOODY SUNDAY: THE BOGSIDE MASSACRE (1972)


Bloody Sunday: The Bogside Massacre (1972)

 

 

 

Mural of victim of Bloody Sunday

Mural of victim of Bloody Sunday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

In 1968, civil rights protests by Roman Catholics in Northern Ireland sparked violent conflicts with Protestants, resulting in the occupation of the province by British troops. The Bogside Massacre greatly worsened the situation. On “Bloody Sunday”—January 30, 1972—British troops shot 26 unarmed civil rights protesters. Thirteen victims—seven of whom were teenagers—died almost immediately, and a fourteenth later succumbed to his injuries. What did the first inquiry into the massacre find? More… Discuss

 

 

 

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