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As Scotland counts votes, remember terrorist Ireland #tbt

September 18, 2014

So Scotland voted about independence today, and polling suggests that nearly half of the voters are going to be upset. But the big story is that no one’s killing each other. Let’s hope it stays that way even if “No” prevails.

It’s Throwback Thursday so recall, May 22nd 1998, The Good Friday Agreement or Belfast Agreement was approved by voter referendum in Ireland:

Thus officially ending “The Troubles“:

the common name for the ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland that spilled over at various times into the Republic of Ireland, England and mainland Europe. The Troubles began in the late 1960s and is deemed by many to have ended with the Belfast ‘Good Friday’ Agreement of 1998, but sporadic violence has continued since then. Internationally, the Troubles is also commonly called the Northern Ireland conflict.

Near the end of the Troubles were the Warrington bombings:

two separate bomb attacks that happened during early 1993 in Warrington, England.

The first attack happened on 26 February, when a bomb exploded at a gas storage facility. It caused extensive damage but no injuries. While fleeing the scene, the bombers shot and injured a police officer and two of them were then caught after a high-speed car chase.

The second attack happened on 20 March, when two small bombs exploded in litter bins outside shops and businesses on Bridge Street. Two children were killed and dozens of people were injured. Although a warning or warnings had been sent, the area was not evacuated in time.

The attacks were carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) and it has been claimed that members of Red Action were also involved.


In 1994 Irish rock band The Cranberries released the song “Zombie“, which was written in protest at the bombings. The song went on to become one of their biggest hits

The song (on the album “No Need to Argue“) won the award for Best Song at the 1995 MTV Europe Music Awards.

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What’s in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?

Finally, note that both “zombies” and “irish car bombs” are alcoholic drinks.


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