Brighton Bomber Patrick Magee – Tenor Frank Patterson at Today in Irish History

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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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1986: Brighton Thatcher Bomber Patrick Magee

Patrick Joseph Magee is found guilty of planting the bomb at the Grand Hotel Brighton which killed five people, but missed its primary target Margaret Thatcher. The bombing was testament to the ingenuity of the IRA and its bomb makers.

Brighton bomber Patrick Magee

The 30 lb bomb had been planted behind a bath in a room on the sixth floor more than three weeks earlier. Timed to go off on the final day of the conference, it exploded in the early hours of October 12 1984 killing five prominent Conservatives, including Sir Anthony Berry MP, and injuring 34.

The bomb destroyed a bathroom that Mrs. Thatcher had been in just a few minutes previously.

Magee had stayed in the hotel under the false name of Roy Walsh four weeks previously, during the weekend of 14–17 September 198. He planted the bomb, with a long-delay timer, in the bathroom wall of his room, number 629.  Magee was charged with the bombing when forensic officers found his palm print on a hotel registration card following the blast.

Sentenced to a minimum 35 years in jail, he was released from prison in 1999 as part of the Good Friday Agreement early release program. Magee is one of many on both sides of the conflict whose release raises differing emotions.

Grand Hotel following IRA bomb

In one of the more compelling twists associated with the Northern Ireland troubles, Magee has worked diligently since his release to ease tensions in Northern Ireland and has developed a strong working relationship with Jo Berry, daughter of one of the people Magee killed.


READ: Love thy Enemy


READ: BBC report on  Brighton Bomber.




2000: Tenor Frank Patterson

Death of Irish tenor Frank Patterson. In addition to being an accomplished and very successful singer for Irish American audiences, Patterson also featured in in a number of movies including The Dead, Millers Crossing and Michael Collins.

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