The worst terrorist outrage of the Anglo-Irish "toubles" occured on 17th May 1974. It was the ruthless, calculated act of mass murder inflicted on Dublin and Monaghan in the Irish Republic. Thirty-three men, women and children were murdered, and almost 300 injured, when four car bombs exploded in crowded, rush-hour streets.
Today the murders are virtually forgotten and remain an unsolved mystery. No one has been convicted, or even arrested, and no paramilitary group has ever admitted responsibility for the crime. Now, after many months of investigations, First Tuesday pieces together a dramatic and disturbing insight into the worst terrorist attrocity of our times. The programme reveals the hidden truths behind the bombings and explains why details of the massacre have been buried for 20 years.
PART ONE : Ints church service - mass in progress - memorial service for massacre on May 17th 1974 ; cus faces of congregation, i/cut BW CR ftge - service from 19 years ago (0.00-1.58). Gvs streets of Dublin (1.58-2.22). BW CR ftge - aftermath of Dublin bombings, victims on stretchers, police & ambulance activity, stills of dead bodies (2.24-4.15)(5.35-5.42). INTV survivor EDWARD O'NEILL with scarred face (4.15-4.24)(5.02-5.30). Stills of Edward O'Neill as a little boy (4.24-4.34) (4.56-5.02) (5.30-5.35). INTV mother MARTHA O'NEILL (4.34-4.56). BW stills of Doyle family members killed in bombings (5.42-5.58). INTV PADDY DOYLE (5.59-6.37). S Monaghan town centre (?) (6.37-6.45). BW CR stills & ftge - aftermath of Monaghan bomb, derelict shops, i/cut CR ftge - LIAM COSGRAVE, Irish Prime Minister 1974, speaking to nation about bombing (6.45-7.53). S Irish flag flying, seen through branches of tree, tilt down to exts Garda Siochana HQ (Irish Police) (7.53-8.43) (16.49-17.01). Ha pan Belfast (8.43-8.53). S Queensland Street in Shankill Road area (8.53-9.04). Map of route bombers took from Belfast to Monaghan (9.04-9.22). Pov s' & exact reconstruction s' of route driven by bombers into Dublin & Monaghan (9.22-12.10). Cs' stills & statements relating to suspects identified by eye-witnesses (12.10-14.18). Ext Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) HQ in Belfast (14.37-14.56) (16.18-16.27). Graphics of var statements by Irish & RUC police officials (14.56-16.18). Brief ext Irish Govt building in Dublin (16.46-16.49). Tra s street with var loyalist slogans on walls (17.01-17.13). Gv Portadown (17.13-17.27). INTV Capt FRED HOLROYD, Military Intelligence Officer 1973-75 (17.41-18.25). INTV Lt Col GEORGE STYLES, Northern Ireland Bomb Squad 1969-72 (18.53-19.51) (20.57-21.33). INTV Commandant PATRICK TREARS, Bomb Disposal Officer in Irish Army, i/cut BW CR ftge - aftermath of bombing, wrecked cars & police (19.51-20.57) (21.46-22.08).
PART TWO : Tilt up abandoned HQ block for British Army in Lurgan (0.00-0.22). INTV Captain FRED HOLROYD (0.36-1.41) (5.35-6.18). Graphics of statements by Garda ; montage Holroyd's notebooks & diary, & stills of suspects incl WILLIAM HANNA, BILLIE FULTON, DAVID MULHOLLAND & SAMUEL WHITTEN (1.47-3.26). INTV COLIN WALLACE, Army Information Officer 1969-75, i/cut brief CR BW ftge - bombing aftermath ; cs copy of letter written by Wallace naming suspects (3.42-5.15) (10.26-10.52) & (16.51-17.32) (18.27-18.44). Ls' & tra s' stately home in Castle Dillon (ph), used as HQ for British Army Special Duties Team (known as 4 Field Survey Troop), linked to SAS (5.15-5.35) (6.18-6.35) (26.14-26.57). INTV Lord MERLYN REES, Northern Ireland Secretary 1974-76 (6.35-7.04) (7.40-8.10) (15.26-15.57) (19.07-19.34) (23.01-23.49). BW stills Lt Robert Nairac, one of men who ran 4 Field Survey Troop (8.28-8.35) (9.18-9.47). Cs' loyalist slogans & art work on walls (8.52-9.06). Stills of suspects ROBERT McCONNELL, HARRIS BOYLE, & "THE JACKAL" (9.06-9.18). BW still of suspect BILLY HANNA (10.13-10.26). Stills of Keith & Kenneth Liitlejohn, linked to MI5 (11.06-11.28). BW CR ftge of Dublin car bombing (11.35-11.55). INTV JACK LYNCH, Irish Prime Minister 1970-73 (11.55-12.26). INTV Lt Col GEORGE STYLES (13.29-14.57)(16.18-16.37). CR ftge - car bombs (14.57-15.26). BW CR ftge - aftermath of Dublin bombs (16.37-16.51) (17.32-17.43). CR ftge - signing of Sunningdale Agreement 1973 (17.43-17.54). CR ftge - Loyalist paramilitaries, masked, marching ; s' Harold Wilson getting out of car (17.54-18.12) (20.04-20.14). CR ftge - Ulster workers strike (19.34-19.46). Exts Irish Government building in Dublin (20.32-20.42). BW CR ftge - Liam Cosgrave, Irish Prime Minister 1973-77, speaking (20.42-21.05). BW still William "Frenchie" Marchant & still of his funeral (21.28-21.43). Stills of all suspects & updates on their whereabouts (many are now dead) (21.43-23.01). People gathering for memorial service on anniversary of bombing (23.49-24.30). INTV PADDY BOYLE (24.30-25.10). INTV MARTHA O'NEILL (25.01-25.38). INTV EDWARD O'NEILL (25.38-26.14).
FIRST TUESDAY (SERIES 11)
Producer - GLYN MIDDLETON, MARK ACKERMAN
Narrator - PHILIP TIBENHAM
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