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t h e i r h o m e w o r k , i n d a c h i e v e d w h a t was, t o r t h e m , a s p e c t a c u l a r . T h e r e is s o m e q u e s t i o n , h o w ever, that the)- w e r e a c t u a l l y t a r g e t i n g an R U C r u g b y t e a m s c o a c h , b u t the deaths a n d m a i m i n g i n f l i c t e d u p o n the SF w e r e seen as o n e o f their'successes' n o n e t h e l e s s . I t is also b e l i e v e d t h a t t h e I R A w e r e aware that t h e A r m v used the S t r a n r a e r - L a r n e t e r r v l i n e to ship soldiers i n a n d o u t o f t h e P r o v i n c e a n d that o f t e n , o n l y s o f t - s k i n n e d B e d f o r d s w e r e used for t r a n s p o r t . T h e r e is e v i d e n c e i n I n t e l l i g e n c e circles t h a t t h e R U C s best e v e r i n f o r m a n t i n s i d e the I R A , M a r t i n M c G a r t l a n d . m a n a g e d t o w a r n r h e SF o f an i m p e n d i n g b o m b attack a n d t h u s , a n o t h e r B a l l y g a w l e y was a w r i e d .

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R o a d environs, a l t h o u g h the c l u b g r o u n d was o n the o t h e r side o f Belfast f r o m d i e Protestant heartland. Fans made their o w n way there b u t the m a m a t t r a c n o n after rhe m e d i o c r e tooc\ was the m a r c h h o m e . A large m o b w o u l d assemble and iie.id back h o m e . A n y chance t o i n t r u d e o r pass t h r o u g l i a N a t i o n a l i s t area was seized u p o n . Loyalist h y m n s were sung a n d tiiere was a l w a « someone w i t h a t r u m p e t for w h e n spirits flagged,The procession - t r i u i n p l i a J o r o t h e r w i s e was attended by R U C w h o changed as the div isioiial b o u n d a r i e s were passed. G i v e n d i e size and m o o d o f the marchers, little c o n t r o l was feasible and most o f the p o l i c e were s v m p a t h e t i c w i t h the m o o d o f the c r o w d . T h e y were escorts v . h o vnv t h e i r j o b as s h e p h e r d i n g the fans as best they c o u l d . T h e i r duties e n d e d at U n m F l a t s . ^ small c h o n l service was h e l d , and sentiinencs c o n c c r t i , i n g the Pope w e r e e x c h a n g e d a n d t h e p o l i c e w e r e t o l d t o T o x t r o t Oscar' as t h e y w e r e n o l o n g e r needed n o w rhe boys were back h o m e . T h e r e w o u l d always be s o m e o n e u i t h e Flats w h o needed t o emprs' a b u c k e t o f water (or worse) over the veranda.The m a m m i e s had c o m e d o w n to meet t h e i r wee lads ( m o s t l y i n die age range o f l y to ;.s) and they w e l c o m e d . j o i n e d in or encouraged the Loyalist c o n c e r t as they saw fit. Belfast C o m m a n d e r R U C finally gave i n to protests and asked the R M P i f they w o u l d take over the e s c o r t - c u m - s t e w a r d i n g task.The O C o f 17.S Provost C o m p a n y at tiiat t i m e was a feist)' sort o f b l o k e and readily agreed, subject o n l y t o the p r o v i s o that it w o u l d be an exclusively m i l i t a r y task w i t h n o R U C additions. It was appreciated that things w o u l d go pear shaped and ever)' possible R e d C a p was w a r n e d for d u t v o n t h e Saturday. A l l the otiice wallahs, all the attached elsewhere and all the excused d u t y - sick — % dragged m . I t h i n k we .ilso suited up \e the titl)' and the cooks. Ex'en 1 u'as directed tc> p b \ so things swre •«urelv b e i n g taken seriously. T h e tactic was t o c o i n p I e t e K s u r r o u n d the m a r c h e r s w i t h L a n d R o v e r s p a c k e d t o rhe gills. W e had a m i n i - b u s i n the c o n v o \h a p r i s o n e r h a n d l i n g t e a m , plus a m p l e supplies o f Polaroid f i l m ; 1 p u t niyselt u i this v e h i c l e . l l i e first m i l e or so passed w i d i n o m o r e than r i b a l d ,'oniinents, and the tirst ara^st was w h e n a marcher d e c i d e d t o help h i m s e l f t o an apple or t w o from a street-side display: n o t t o o m u c h aggro f r o m t h a t , T h e r o l l i n g armada seemed t o be \ v o r k i n g and the c r o w d d i n i i i i i s h c d as marchers d r o p p e d o u t n i t h e i r h o m e areas. W e g o t t o U n i t ) - Flats w i t h j u s t a hard core o f about Oo <»r so. T h e usual c o n c e r t party t b r n i e d b u t i t was :nade clear that i t Vsxsuld be a v e r y s h o r t pert'ormance that day.The m a m m i e s were n o t happy w i t h this c i i r t a i l n i e n i a n d encouraged the wee boss t o p u t a w i r e barricade across S h a n k i l l and

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