The Troubles

"The Troubles " the story is set in Belfast and the North East in 1969.
Seamus Webster and his family flee the riots in Belfast and come to live on Barnstaple Road in North Shields - where he takes up work as a crane driver in Smith's Docks his wife Annie finds a job in the Co-op in Whitley Bay - Seamus is good at DIY and gets lots of work decorating or fitting out new kitchens for people. His father Michael is serving a very long sentence when he is implicated in a
bombing of an army base- his skills as a bomb maker have been passed down to his oldest son and Stephen Mcgill is on the look -out for him as a bombing campaign has begun on mainland Britain. Newcastle has been chosen as the target - can Seamus avoid getting mixed up in this. Read what happens in this tense thriller.


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They passed the officers room which only had one small window in wired glass. They walked further on to the visitor’s room where they were given an orange vest to wear which set them aside from the visitors.

There were four guards who walked up and down each aisle listening in on conversations. Michael was shown a table then told to sit whilst he waited until other prisoners were brought in from other parts of the prison. Once they were all sat down the gate at the other side was opened and the visitors allowed in once they had been searched. It was a degrading experience for the women as the political prisoners wives were treated roughly by the guards. You would think that they were prisoners too. In a sense they were; as each day they were serving the same sentence as their husbands as they awaited their release.’

Some had been coming for the thirty minute visit every month for ten years. Today Michael would not be seeing his as Stephen McGill was paying him a visit.’

Sitting down Steve nodded then waited until the guard had passed before speaking.

“He’s gone;


“Your feckin’ son; he’s gone to England. “ Do you have relatives there?’

“No, they are all in Ireland Steve you know that.’

 “If the police get hold of him then we are all sunk you know that.’

“Seamus won’t grass, he’s my boy, I know him.’

“You know nothin’ after they beat him to a pulp, if he hasn’t talked they will stick sodium pentothal into his veins or scopolamine to make him sing like a canary.’

“But he knows nothing.’

“Does he; you’re a feckin’ idiot Michael; your son knows all about how to make bombs where our arms dumps are, and if he blows the lid on that then he will dob us all in. “We have to get to him and bring him back.’

How does he know these things?’

“Because someone in our lot has been talkin’ about bringing them in for us through other sources; who the hell do you think has been making the bombs for us?’

“I told you not to get my son mixed up in this.’ “I have taken the fall for the last mission; leave my son alone do you hear me?’

“Sorry Michael; we cannot do that.’ “He knows too much.’

“I tell you now if any accident was to befall on my son and he dies then you will all be lookin’ over your shoulders for when I get out of here I will come lookin’ for  the feckin’ lot of you.’

“Let’s hope that we can get to him before MI5 do then.’

“We’ve already spoken with your other son Fergus; this is why we’ve come to you.’

“I told you I knew nothing about him leaving the country.’

“We will find him Michael; you know that.’

“Michael remained silent.’

“We’ll be in touch so keep your head down and your nose clean. Stephen got up then walked towards the guard who led him out.’

Michael was seething inside, how could Seamus have been so stupid to get mixed up with the IRA. He was now feeling depressed and when he got back to his cell he asked Shane for a Benadryl tablet. They contained diphenhydramine which helped you to relax and sleep.’

There was nothing that couldn’t be got in prison. For the right money, alcohol, drugs, or the means to make them were smuggled in. Women brought large quantities of drugs in their bras or even in their knickers; Children in prams were brought in to carry drugs in soiled nappies. Guards were bribed to turn a blind eye as the 

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