Scariest place in NI?

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.
When did expence for a vanity project ever require justification on either side of the Irish border tis the land of the stuffed brown envelope. I never was quite sure why the shinners were against it but I was all for it because I am the person that would drive double the distance to avoid traffic. Unfoutunately my work takes me up that way frequently and the traffic is a real pain in the arse after Newtownstewart so I hope it will happen.
 
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
My dad was in the UDR and they were on foot patrol round Dungannon in the early seventies and they started to take incoming outside the Allied Irish Bank. First thing they done was shoot out the street lights and start to return fire and the brave volenteers scurried off. When I was a bit older my dad showed me all the bullet holes in the brickwork of the bank. Must have been a complete cock shooting as as there was a spray of bullet holes 20 foot up the building.
 
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!
IIRC its stopping at Castledawson as the glenshane pass may prove difficult to dual
 
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!
Ignore my earlier post, I thought it was stopping at Castledawson
 
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‘ !
Ignore the road to Londonderry bit, I thought the route via toome was stopping at castledawson.
 
My dad was in the UDR and they were on foot patrol round Dungannon in the early seventies and they started to take incoming outside the Allied Irish Bank. First thing they done was shoot out the street lights and start to return fire and the brave volenteers scurried off. When I was a bit older my dad showed me all the bullet holes in the brickwork of the bank. Must have been a complete cock shooting as as there was a spray of bullet holes 20 foot up the building.
I know that we used to take the p**s out of Uncle Dermot's Rangers, but I take my hat off to them and the RUC. We could go home after four months, not possible for those lads and girls.
 

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When did expence for a vanity project ever require justification on either side of the Irish border tis the land of the stuffed brown envelope. I never was quite sure why the shinners were against it but I was all for it because I am the person that would drive double the distance to avoid traffic. Unfoutunately my work takes me up that way frequently and the traffic is a real pain in the arse after Newtownstewart so I hope it will happen.
Envelope usually picked up by a local ‘representative’ on a weekly basis.

I did a lot of driving round NI in a previous job and wouldn’t have been gutted if it had been built either. Although we weren’t on the Ballygawley Omagh road that often.
 
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?
It is a shithole, my nephew worked in the local Spar I think it was and he told me about the kids and I mean the age that should not be out unacompanied coming with a bunch of coins asking if there was enough for a pot noodle and it was not just one or two kids. He took whatever they had and if it was short he told his boss to take the shorts out of his wages. Lucky for him his then boss had a heart and and never docked his pay. What sort of scummy parents do that and leave thier kids hungry while the drink and who knows what else.
I got a shielding letter during lockdown and was fourtunate enough to be able to get Tesco deliveries and first on the list was all the essentials plus treats for my wee boy second was my elderly parents shopping then my wife and I's essentials and a few luxury items and last was alcohol and boy do I like a drink and you were limited to 80 items. Millisle is a cesspool of cnuts mostly but they had a chippy that done great fish and chips a few years ago but it could be crap now.
 
I know that we used to take the p**s out of Uncle Dermot's Rangers, but I take my hat off to them and the RUC. We could go home after four months, not possible for those lads and girls.
Yes and they had day jobs for added risk and homes that were more at risk than the barracks. I had a friend who was RM and made fullscrew there fairly quick then transfered to the RIR home service battalion, he said it was a shock to him and he had a very rude awakening to real soldiering but he got on with it and was WO2 when they disbanded and then he was recruited into int/undercover work which he liked but it fucked with his head and jacked it in after a couple of years.
The UDR was laughed at but there were some really switched on natural soldiers in thier ranks.
 
What was it called? if it is where I suspect it recently burned to the ground.
No idea, but behind or in some pub off Scotch street, I think. Living in Drumadd, you had to have a hobby or two.
(I cannot recall. My name, rank and number are as you have them on that piece of paper. I know nothing. Can I see my lawyer, please?)
They had some very good musicians there, mostly from the South as I remember; no politics, but bags of humour.
 
No idea, but behind or in some pub off Scotch street, I think. Living in Drumadd, you had to have a hobby or two.
(I cannot recall. My name, rank and number are as you have them on that piece of paper. I know nothing. Can I see my lawyer, please?)
They had some very good musicians there, mostly from the South as I remember; no politics, but bags of humour.
The pub that burned down always seemed popular with musical types but it was past the Shambles and beside the moy road roundabout and I was thinking you were a brave boy going there in the 80's. It may have been the Marketplace theatre not far from the top of Scotch street or there was a wee pub called The Hole in the Wall and it may have been it. It may also not exist now as my drinking carreer only started officially in the late 80's.
 
I know that we used to take the p**s out of Uncle Dermot's Rangers, but I take my hat off to them and the RUC. We could go home after four months, not possible for those lads and girls.
And this bloke, a 42 year old part time UDR Cpl and dog warden lured into an IRA ambush, got the better of a 4 man IRA ASU armed only with a Walther pistol. Subsequently awarded the DCM. He had previously been awarded the QGM.

I think the words 'Absolute nails' were written for him.

Corporal Eric Glass DCM.
 
Ignore my earlier post, I thought it was stopping at Castledawson
However, you’re right. The Genshane Pass will be difficult. They’re making good progress on the rest though, they’ve started from both ends hence the traffic delays. Good luck to them, means we can get into the hills quicker!
 
However, you’re right. The Genshane Pass will be difficult. They’re making good progress on the rest though, they’ve started from both ends hence the traffic delays. Good luck to them, means we can get into the hills quicker!
Ah...Glenshane, land of the IVCP...
 
And this bloke, a 42 year old part time UDR Cpl and dog warden lured into an IRA ambush, got the better of a 4 man IRA ASU armed only with a Walther pistol. Subsequently awarded the DCM. He had previously been awarded the QGM.

I think the words 'Absolute nails' were written for him.

Corporal Eric Glass DCM.
I remember being briefed on that incident in HQNI when it happened.
 

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