Thursday 24 August 2017

Memories of 'darkest day' haven't gone away

Charlie Flanagan recalls the funeral of a young garda murdered by the IRA, writes Jody Corcoran

CHARLIE Flanagan, now a Fine Gael TD, worked in the Horn and Trumpet pub in London's West End the day the Provisional IRA killed Christopher Ewart-Biggs, the British Ambassador to Ireland.

It was July 21, 1976, two years after Martin McGuinness claims he left the IRA -- a claim few feel inclined to believe.

Ewart-Biggs was posted to Dublin just two weeks before his murder. He was 55. A character of distinctive appearance, he wore a smoked-glass monocle over an artificial right eye. He had lost the eye at the second battle of El Alamein in 1942.

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