The "Troubles" - Personal Memories
The Northern Ireland "Troubles"
I have lived in Northern Ireland for over 40 years now, though I was not born here. During a lot of that time, the "Troubles" were a big part of life here. I am not gong to write about the reasons for the troubles, nor attribute fault, nor analyse. I am not an historian, nor a political animal, so I will just let you see my memories of living and working in Belfast during that time and you can put your own analysis and spin on them if you want.
One building I worked in suffered bomb damage three times. There was a car park in the building and one of the cars parked there exploded without warning. I was standing in an upper office and heard the sirens going from police cars. Looking out of the window, I saw an explosion in the distance and then one closer to us. I said "they are coming in a straight line towards us" and then the building rocked and I saw metal from the top of the building falling past the window into an alley below. One of my co-workers had been walking between a downstairs office and the main building when a small door was blown out around her from the explosion. She suffered shock but hers was the only injury.
We were still able to keep working in that building, though of course, there was a lot of clearing up from glass etc. The car park had to be cleared slowly from around the exploded car and two weeks later, on the morning news, we heard that another car in the building had also contained a bomb but the explosion from the first one had upset the mechanism, so it didn't explode!
More Another Time
These are just personal memories of "The Troubles". I will write about others another time.
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