The Shankill Butchers Reign of Terror – Christopher Nolan – Architect James Gandon at Today in Irish History

February 20: TODAY in Irish History:

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James Gandon

James Gandon

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1743: Architect James Gandon

James Gandon, possibly the most influential architect in Irish history is born in London.

James Gandon

James Gandon 1743-1823

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Gandon was responsible for shaping the face of Dublin. Gandon did not arrive in Dublin until he was forty but he had a huge impact on the architecture of the City designing the Custom House, the House of Lords extension, the Four Courts and the King’s Inn.

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Four Courts Dublin

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1873: James Haughton, Irish social reformer

James Haughton, Irish social reformer, anti-slavery campaigner and temperance activist dies.

Irish social reform campaigner James Haughton 1795-1893

James Haughton 1795-1893

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READ:  Biography of James Haughton

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1979: The Shankill Butchers Reign of Terror

In Belfast eleven members of the “Shankill Butchers” gang are given a total of 42 life sentences for the murder of 19 people. The “Butchers’ were from the Protestant Shankill area of Belfast whose reign of terror was led by Lenny Murphy. The gang was involved in sectarian mayhem during the 1970’s against innocent Catholics. Anyone unfortunate enough to be kidnapped by Murphy and his gang, suffered appalling deaths preceded by gruesome torture and mutilation. Murphy was eventually killed by the IRA. There is considerable evidence that the execution was aided by the loyalist community who considered Murphy to be out of control.

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Shankill Butchers Documentary (not for the squemish)

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SEE:  The Shankill Butchers: A Case Study of Mass Murder 

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Death of Shankill Butcher Lenny Murphy

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2009: Irish author Chrisopher Nolan dies age 44.

Despite suffering from cerebral palsy, Nolan authored a number of acclaimed books and won the Whitbread Award for book of the year for his 1987 memoir Under the Eye of the Clock.

Christopher Nolan Whitbread Book of the Year

Nolan wrote with the aid of a word-processing computer and a stick strapped to his forehead while his mother held his head. His normal means of communication was via eye signals.

In an acceptance speech for his Whitbread Aaward,  read by his mother, Nolan said: “I want to shout with joy. My heart is full of gratitude. You all must realise that history is now in the making. Crippled man has taken his place on the world’s literary stage.”

His prize-winning book tells how he was deprived of oxygen at birth leaving him unabe to talk, walk or use his hands.

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