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The Irish in the UK-Episode 237 –The Memorial Service in Birmingham & St. Anne’s Parish Centre

This week, we’re in Birmingham.

In Part 1
In November 1974, bombs exploded in two pubs killing 21 people and injuring another 182. Six Irishmen were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment but this was overturned 16 years later and was seen as one of the worst miscarriages of justice in British legal history. No-one has been charged with the murders since.
A memorial service takes place annually to commemorate those lost in the tragedy. This is organised by Maurice Malone of the Birmingham Irish Association. Adrian O’Neill, Irish Ambassador attended along with Jess Phillips MP and Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands.
This multi-faith event pulls together all areas of society with a common goal of seeking justice for those affected by the bombing.

In Part 2
St. Anne’s Parish centre is a great venue for any event. This week, it’s the turn of Declan Nerney. He’s back touring and in an evening of great music and lively dancing, the world suddenly feels more normal. We chat with Declan and the entertainment team from St. Anne’s.
It’s a fun evening to brighten up those long dark winter nights!

For more information…
The Birmingham Irish Association: tel 0121604611 website birish.org.uk
The St. Anne’s Club: contact Trudy McGroarty trudy@birish.org.uk
Declan Nerney: declannerney.com

Watch the Irish in the UK every Thursday night at 7.30pm on SKY 191 or Freesat 162. Repeated on Tuesday at 1 pm

To advertise in the UK section of the show please call Martin Logan 07808 573 142 alternatively email martinloganmanchester@gmail.com