Scariest place in NI?

Joker62

ADC
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Judging by recent posts, I'd say the scariest place in NI is @Robme's mind!
 

Sgt_Steiner

War Hero
You would like it better now, it is motorway from Belfast to Moygashel and a new dual cairageway to Ballygawley, due to to many whining cnuts (the shinners had a big part in it) it would have been dual caraigeway all the way to Londonderry.
I seem to remember having to drive through Toome?
 

Mufulira

Old-Salt
IIRC seeing the local bank building in sunny Omagh that had a 3 different patches of exterior brickwork due mainly to impatient 'RA chaps making early withdrawals with out sanctioned paperwork. Load up your favourite excavator type vehicle with a bomb in the bucket and place firmly against the wall -- touch off blue paper and await smoke to clear and make your withdrawal and depart at the High Port before Mr Plod arrives
 
I seem to remember having to drive through Toome?

The M2 from Belfast towards the NW eventually becomes the M22 for a short time but as it by-passes Toome it changes to the A6 all the way to Derry. However the A6 is undergoing a massive program to make it dual all the way.

I know this because I’ve just driven back from a spot of hill walking in Donegal and it took f*cking ages!
 
Sadly his colleague and former troop member, Padre Frank would soon follow suit.
I've had Padre Franks book for many yrs. Still haven't started it for some reason. I don't really know why because I've no attachment to Frank or anyone in the book.
 
I seem to remember having to drive through Toome?
Ah, yes! Doombridge - a favourite stomping*ground for the Roddy McCorley Memorial Flute Band, who's members always seemed to be going to or coming from the devil's arse of a place (Ould Roddy was strung up there in 1800, having been involved in a bit of rebellion and sedition in 1798 )

Horrible place.



*literally
 
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You had me googling to see what an offarmer was…
while doing so, I had a flashback to a mental image of the cattle market (which I’m sure has long since gone…)
It has indeed. I have never been, though its current description sounds a bit like St George's in Belfast as far as 'wares' are concerned. If you are ever in the North East, there is an interesting weekend market held at the railway station Tynemouth (assuming it outlives the virus) Random googled inage attached - though interesting brolly ☺ .
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I've had Padre Franks book for many yrs. Still haven't started it for some reason. I don't really know why because I've no attachment to Frank or anyone in the book.
Don't rush. The most curious demise of all.
 

Stabwedge

Swinger
You would like it better now, it is motorway from Belfast to Moygashel and a new dual cairageway to Ballygawley, due to to many whining cnuts (the shinners had a big part in it) it would have been dual caraigeway all the way to Londonderry.
The Road to Nowhere at the minute. Dead stop at Ballygawley. If I remember right the justification was a ‘whole island’ road network. Dualling the road from Ballygawley to Londonderry would enable fast traffic flow from Dublin with dual carriageway on the Irish side. Is there that much traffic going that route to justify the expense? Doubt it.

Scariest place in NI? Delivering ‘specialist products’ to quarries in the deeply green areas could be an arse tightener in the 90s and 00s. Especially when, nearly at the quarry, a few bods stepped out of a hedge dressed in black and carrying rifles just ahead of me. Turned out they were peelers with no bloody hats on. Too late, already shit meself.
 
I seem to remember having to drive through Toome?
You would have done in the old days.
Coming from the Belfast direction, O’Neill Arms hotel, then the RUC station, both on your right – then you cross the bridge, with the Eel fisheries cooperative immediately alongside.
The WW2 airbase would then be to your left, just after crossing the river.
Next: bandits ahead....notably Bellaghy, a few miles to your right.
 

skid2

LE
Book Reviewer
You know the place well then;)
I do, sped through it last Friday, it was like an open air lunatic asylum. I discovered when I got back to Belfast, that they’d opened the caravan sites, which explained the mental driving.
What on Earth is going on, are VW owners the new BMW drivers given the downturn in the economy?
 
The Road to Nowhere at the minute. Dead stop at Ballygawley. If I remember right the justification was a ‘whole island’ road network. Dualling the road from Ballygawley to Londonderry would enable fast traffic flow from Dublin with dual carriageway on the Irish side. Is there that much traffic going that route to justify the expense? Doubt it.
Dublin - Augnacloy - Ballygawley - Donegal would be an extension of the E Road system I think.

 
Firstly, members of my – extended – family are (or were) in business at what is now the Moygashel shopping centre.

During WW2, and perhaps before, Iots of dough was made by the former woollen business there making blankets (and possibly uniforms) for the troops.

Secondly, are you sure about the motorway?
I thought the M2 – past Randalstown and Toome (our local Apache territory) - was to be the one joining Belfast to the ‘second city‘ !
I am certain of it, there were a load of farmers, the shinners and a few other focus groups with axes to grind got a judicial review claming the plans did not pass muster for a variety of reasons and the judge agreed. The other route you speak of is a bit tricky and yes they are working on it and it must be near completion but ive not been up that way for a while for obvious reasons. The route you are talking about will end at Castledawson and the main reason its going no further is that they had bother enough creating the Glenshane pass in single caraigeway and I believe the cost would be crazy to dual it. At present traveling by bus the route via Randalstown takes 2hrs 20 minutes and the other route via Ballygawley and Omagh 2 hours 55 minutes so I would imagine if the later route was dualled there would be very little in it. Hopefully they get thier act together and get all the A4 route dualled as the road between Ballygawley and Londonderry can be sould destroying in tractor season.
I could throw a stone and almost put it into that shopping centre from my house, who are your extended family as I may know them? PM me if you are not comfortable with broadcasting it. It is called the Linen Green btw. My dad worked in one of the parts of what was a massive weaving factory in the late fifties early sixties and at its peak was one of the biggest employers in Co Tyrone at a guess employing 3000 people but that is a guestimate by the number of buses that lined the street to take the workers home in the evening.
 

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