Posted By: September 10, 2018

Praise for  Film on Ballymurphy Massacre

                                              Irish National  Caucus delighted for Families
Alice Harper, Fr. Sean McManus, Briege Voyle and John Teggart. Capitol Hill 2010
 CAPITOL HILL. Monday, September 19, 2018—— The high praise for the new documentary on the terrible British Army massacre of innocent, unarmed civilians has been greatly welcomed on Capitol Hill. (See Irish News article below).

Fr. Sean McManus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus, introduced the Ballymurphy Massacre Committee to Members the US Congress in 2010 and arranged for them to testify before Congress on March 16, 2011.

  Fr. Mc Manus explained:”On August 9, 1971, the British Government introduced Internment (imprisonment without charge or trial for, in effect, Catholics in Northern Ireland). That abhorrent—but all too common Northern Ireland policy— was brutally implemented by the British Army. Over the next three days, the marauding storm troopers, including the murderous Parachute Regiment, slaughtered eleven Irish Catholics, including a Catholic priest, in the Ballymurphy area of West Belfast.

The Massacre left 46 children without a parent. The Massacre was condoned and covered up— giving the murderous Parachute Regiment license to massacre another 13 innocent, unarmed civilians at a Civil Rights March in Derry on Bloody Sunday, January 30, 1972.”

  Fr. McManus continued:” I was deeply impressed and inspired by the extraordinary dedication of the Ballymurphy Massacre Committee. These ordinary working -class men and women, without funding or any great resources, kept at it—relentlessly, doggedly, fearlessly. They brought their message to the U.S. Congress, and now, this documentary will vindicate their struggle before the whole world. I am proud to have helped them in their struggle. Indeed, I was happy to delay the 2011 Ireland publication of my Memoirs: My Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland in order to include the attached photo of Alice Harper, Briege Voyle, John Teggart and me.This photo is also in all later American editions of my Memoirs.”

Fr. McManus concluded:”The Ballymurphy Massacre Committee is a perfect example of the indomitable Irish spirit that British injustice can never vanquish. I am delighted this documentary film acknowledges and vindicates their long, relentless and inspiring story. God bless them, and God rest their massacred loved ones.”

Praise for film shining light on Ballymurphy massacre

Allison Morris. Irish News. Belfast. Monday, September 10, 2018

There has been huge online reaction to the network premiere of Massacre at Ballymurphy, the hard-hitting documentary by award-winning film-maker Callum Macrea which screened on Channel 4 at the weekend.

The film, which was previously premiered at Féile an Phobail, was shown on Saturday, with a reconstruction and forensic examination of the events which started on August 9, 1971.

The documentary contains personal stories from relatives of the 10 people shot dead in west Belfast by members of the parachute regiment over three days of horrific violence.

Paddy McCarthy, considered the 11th victim, died of a heart attack after British soldiers fired shots over his head.

Among the dead were mother-of-eight Joan Connolly and Fr Hugh Mullan, who was shot dead going to the rescue of another victim.

The film details a shocking re-enactment of the circumstances of Daniel Teggart’s death.

He was shot 14 times, and most of the bullets entered his back as he lay injured on the ground.

Following the programme Unionist Irish language activist Linda Ervine posted on Twitter: “Before watching #MassacreAtBallymurphy I had no knowledge of what took place all those years ago. A terrible wrong has been done”.

Another documentary maker, Seán Murray, said he hoped the screening of the film by Channel 4 “awakens the British public to the actions of their government during the conflict. Well done to my friend Callum Macrae and all involved”.

Journalist and broadcaster Eamonn Holmes tweeted in support of Mr Macrea, saying: “Regardless of your political persuasion or views on the Northern Irish Troubles, I would urge you to both hear what this man has to say and watch his film if you can. The year is 1971. The subject is the killing of civilians by the Parachute Regiment in Ballymurphy West Belfast.”

Ian Katz, director of programmes at Channel 4, said: “Ashamed to say I knew nothing about the Ballymurphy massacre – the 1971 killing of 11 men and women by the British army in Belfast – till I saw Callum Macrae’s meticulous and shocking reconstruction of it.”

Scottish political activist Tommy Sheridan said it was “absolutely shocking”.

“I am ashamed that despite my limited knowledge of British army atrocities in Northern Ireland I didn’t know about these state murders in Ballymurphy,” he said.

“No wonder the British Establishment have hidden such massacres from the general public for 47 years.”

Former soldier Glenn Bradley said he had “met the Ballymurphy families some years ago and have supported their call for truth since”.

“I watched Massacre At Ballymurphy and my lasting thought is how docile and compliant were the media then”.

Belfast boxer Michael Conlan said: “Watching Ballymurphy Massacre and listening to what families have gone through and still going through, my eyes are filling up, very sad stories to poor innocent families”.

Former Antrim football captain Anto Finnegan said: “This is not rewriting history, this is shining a light into that dark place those in power want to keep hidden.”