Scariest place in NI?

Your link was about events nearly 400 years ago. Don't any of you have aspirations for the future or are you intent on making your lives a misery for the next 400 years?
I have aspirations of much more than that and me my wife and my son have made many outings in the past 2 weeks now that I have been allowed due to certain aspects of shieilding being lifted.
 
The last few posts are an indication of the information that is available to those with an interest in the history of Ireland and in particular, the province of Ulster, over the past fifty years.
That information may also be the reason for the change in attitude that I, and I suspect many more Ulster unionists (note the small u) have taken regarding the situation in Northern Ireland.
I remember the hatred that was felt by the unionist community toward Bernadette Devlin and her outspoken views on equality for all members of Ulster society. When I listen to her speeches and debates these days, I realise that she wasn't asking for anything outrageous, just civil rights across the board.
Perhaps, because I've lived in Canada for the past thirty one years and have become used to a caring society where religious affiliations mean little, I've become immune to the rabid rhetoric of both sides of Ulster society. I would be happy to see a united Ireland and if either side have problems with that, too bad, they'll get used to it eventually.
My grandmother, who believed that every Roman Catholic chapel in Ireland was stacked to the rafters with guns to kill us Protestants, would be spinning in her grave at my last statement.
You are massively missguided, you have to remember that Bernadeate Devlins daughter traveled to a British Army Barracks in Osnabruck I believe it was to kill Brtish soldiers and was caught. Dont rememember all the details but I think the tramp was pregnant while planting mortars. I know in recent times mortars seem to get bad press in the paras but I have no idea why.
 

In_Twists

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I know in recent times mortars seem to get bad press in the paras but I have no idea why.
Mortars are Gods in the Reg. Fact. ;)
Doing a mortar baseplate check however, is shit.

I worried more in the towns and villages than I did out in the cuds. Dunno why. The closeness of everything I guess compared with the internal mantra "they cant boobytrap every hedgerow and barbed wire fence...can they?"
 

In_Twists

Old-Salt
I would be happy to see a united Ireland and if either side have problems with that, too bad, they'll get used to it eventually.
You dont seem to understand Irish history at all. Do you not think they've had enough time to "get used to it" by now?
 
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 used to patrol the quarries prior to RUC arriving with the "specialist products" ;)
 
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You could go out into the country and possibly find a common ground but return to west belfast and it is gone, I have done a wee bit of research nd it seems that republicans will accept nothing except thier way.
Mortars are Gods in the Reg. Fact. ;)
Doing a mortar baseplate check however, is shit.

I worried more in the towns and villages than I did out in the cuds. Dunno why. The closeness of everything I guess compared with the internal mantra "they cant boobytrap every hedgerow and barbed wire fence...can they?"
There is nothing that cant be booby trapped, YOU know that. FFS I seen so many UBBT every week and it gave us the expertise and knowhow
 
I worked within the orbit of a bloke who was ex-SAS and he was a little.......... intense. He would quite often do his own thing in his own way and was hard to keep tabs on. One evening he pitched up with a lot of nicks and cuts to his face and hands that he seemed reluctant to have properly attended to but no word at all about he came by them. A few days later I went to a briefing in Portadown which was also attended by various RUC Collators, DMSU and SB types - some of who I knew quite well. One of them told me about a bar out in the sticks that had plenty of low-key but effective security which was a watering hole for all manner of off-duty peelers and UDR. A few days before the place had been about half full when a stranger sidled in and went up to the bar to mumble an order for a pint of Harp. He was clearly a Brit and obviously had no idea that he was among friends. As he stood there unhappily glancing around the room a couple of the blokes stood up to approach him to tell him that he could relax when, Boom! He was gone - straight through the window overlooking the car park and into the night.
There was a bar like that at Armagh, I went there within hours of arriving in the city, I shit myself when I spotted everyone was armed until my fellow investigator informed me of the situation! ;)
 
Lucky. HEAT round has to hit pretty much perpendicularly to penetrate, due to the nature of the round. HESH is more forgiving.
The first parade of the shogun jeep found the next morning tha the tyre had been penetrated through both sides and a piece of shrapnell was in the boot panel next where my body armour would have been
 
Let me guess, you'll go back a further 400 years and blame the English.
I am a protestant married to a catholic from Lithuania and we have a son who will if he wants will join the British Army and I would be very proud to see him follow in his fathers and grandfthers footsteps but @Banker we might blame the welsh or the scottish
 
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