Saturday 18 November 2017

Tolerance was the order of 1979

Sir -- Ronan Fanning's forensic article on the August bank holiday of 1979 (Sunday Independent, January 3) brought back memories of that double whammy of IRA murders -- Lord Mountbatten in the Republic and 18 soldiers in a roadside bombing at Warrenpoint, Co Down, on the same day.

Working in a London pub on the Fulham Road, I remember the hush that followed the news before Sunday closing time on August 27. Sean Tracey, the genial publican who had run it for years, shook his head in disbelief.

The regulars seemed to slink away -- shocked at this new barbarity from Ireland -- and we were ashamed to be Irish on such a day.

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