A new book about bases in Northern Ireland

#1
Theres a new book out about the old bases in Northern Ireland. Castles of Ulster by Jonathan Olley. Its got some cracking photos in it. Abit of nostalgia for us old knackers...



Military building forming part of the British Army's defensive strategy to control the landscape and people of Northern Ireland.

Golf Five Zero watchtower, known to the British army as 'Borucki Sanger' after Pte James Borucki of the Parachute Regiment was blown up by a bomb left in a bicycle basket on the outside of the building , Crossmaglen, South Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK.
Book Description
A book of pictures of fortified police stations, army barracks and watchtowers in Northern Ireland. In the late 1990s, Jonathan Olley secured remarkable access, which allowed him to photograph these buildings while they were still in use. Since the pictures were taken, many have been dismantled as part of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Taken with an old, large format camera on a tripod these photographs are both incredibly detailed and dramatic. David Brett an architectural historian introduces the pictures in an essay that traces the history of such fortifications in Ulster. There are also interviews with a soldier who worked as a communications NCO in a number of the buildings, recalling the experience of living and being attacked in the buildings, and with Davy Hyland a former Sinn Féin MLA who has opposed the existence of the buildings as a politician for Newry and Armagh. The book was printed in duotone by specialist photographic printers in Verona under the supervision of the photographer.

More NI pictures here.


Some other pictures of his about the British Army here.

I confess to knowing the author but it does look like a good book.

edited for typo
 
#2
Ord_Sgt said:
Golf Five Zero watchtower, known to the British army as 'Borucki Sanger' after Corp James Borucki of the Parachute Regiment was blown up by a bomb left in a bicycle basket on the outside of the building , Crossmaglen, South Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK.[/i]
Ord_Sgt said:
I confess to knowing the author but it does look like a good book.
Shame he couldn't get Pte James Borucki's rank right. And what is a 'Corp' anyway?
 
#3
That was a cut and paste from the web. I'll let him know, maybe its just a typo...
 
#6
I have pointed out the error with the rank and the author appologised for the mistake and hopes he hasn't caused any offence, which I beleive he hasn't with a genuine mistake:

just goes to show one can never check enough times to get the details correct. i was sure Pte. James Borucki was a Cpl. I can't think when and where I saw this but a quick google and a check in the index on some of my books about the 'troubles' all have him down as Pte. i hold my hands up to this one and pray to god there are no others. I'll change my website image but the press release is 'out-there' in the ether so not a lot I can do about it. At least it wasn't a posthumous demotion and I spelled his name right. On the 'Corp' front (now a mute point), non military persons would probably not know what Pte. or Cpl. means, I should have written Corporal altogether and ended any confusion or inaccuracy or dumbing-down.......and hope it causes no real embarrassment or upset.
I think whats more important is that his name is remembered and a wider audience know of his sacrifice.

Its a very good record of some of the places many on here will remember, and now that most of them are gone, for that it should be commended.
 
#11
Thanks for the heads up, looks like an interesting book.


I wasted 2 months of my life stagging on at Romeo-16 in '93. Felt more like an inmate than anything else.
 
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