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Twenty two years and about twenty odd minutes ago today, the IRA decided to demonstrate that they hadn’t quite plumbed the depths of filth that they wished to.
Peace to the twenty nine people who died and over two hundred injured physically, and the countless psychological injuries.
Hats off to Doc P, Mark J and all the others who went out of the gates that day into god knows what.
The first I remember of this was an appeal on the radio for off-duty NHS staff to turn in. While the sound dropping on "Dads Army" or somesuch on a Friday night and a voice saying that the RUC asked for keyholders in such and such an area to check their premises for incindiaries was part of my childhood, I can't remember one other occasion where the Medical establishment felt the were short handed to the extent that a broadcast was needed. It was immediately obvious that something "exceptional" had happened.