Paul Foot on Kincora Boys’ Home, and Recent Kincora Articles

The significance of the name TARA as McGrath’s choice for the name of his paramilitary troops of young men blackmailed into supporting his cause can’t be underestimated. Will blog more giving Tudor Parfitt’s take on the Celtic/Druid/Blake strand of the various British Israelite as background and also from the 2003/4 book on Tara and the Ark of the Covenant but in the meantime for a quick overview of Tara this summary gives further info

“This book covers a search for the Ark of the Covenant by British-Israelites on the Hill of Tara (1899-1902). A group known as the British-Israelites dug the Hill of Tara in their quest to find the Ark of the Covenant between the years 1899 and 1902. What were their reasons for doing so, and were they successful? And what was the “Great Irish-Hebraic-cryptogramic hieroglyph” and the Freemason connection?Arthur Griffith campaigned against the British-Israelite explorations and what he saw as the destruction of a national monument (the first of its kind). He protested on Tara in the company of William Butler Yeats, George Moore and Douglas Hyde, despite being ordered off the site by a man wielding a rifle. Maud Gonne made her colourful protest against the explorations by lighting a bonfire on Tara and singing “A nation once again”, much to the consternation of the landlord and the police. This book describes the story of the British-Israelite excavations on Tara and places them in their archaelogical, historical, cultural and political context.”

Desiring Progress

Many voices have been raised in the midst of the plans for an abuse inquiry rightly insisting that the many unanswered questions about the dreadful abuse scandal at the Kincora Boys’ Home in Belfast should also be addressed.

At a later date, I will collate in chronological order a wide range of newspaper articles past and present on Kincora; for now, one should look at the extensive collection at the Spotlight blog, and an equally important collection of pieces at the Needle blog, not least in terms of much material relating to former London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s comments on the affair. On recent calls, I would strongly recommend the below articles, not least for the highly principled words on video (in the Belfast Telegraph article from July 15th) of Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt.

Leo McKinstry, ‘Fear of child abuse cover up secret dossier at the heart of…

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