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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contraband exchanged hands. In the kitchens fermenting fruit was stashed away to make alcohol; coffee, soda, and sweets were all used to make a variety of things that could be later used.

Michael remembered how the army burst into his house at five in the morning he was hit in the face with the butt end of a gun which sent him sprawling onto the bedroom floor; his hands were then tied behind his back and he was bundled into the back of armoured car and taken away to be interrogated. After four days without sleep they tortured him using mental as well as physical methods.

Michael didn’t crack; he told them nothing. Even when they pumped Thiopental into his veins he told them nothing.

He was convicted on the word of an off duty policeman who told the jury that he had seen Michael going into the parking lot then coming out again after parking a car. He couldn’t tell the model of the vehicle but said it was blue in colour. Fragments of shrapnel recovered at the scene revealed a blue car had been used.

Michael pleaded not guilty to the murders of twenty people and the charges of Malicious wounding of sixty more.

The jury took less than an hour to convict him on all counts and he was given twenty years imprisonment with no hope of early release.

He hoped that his son could not be found and that he’d make a new life for himself away from all of the bloody mayhem.

He drifted off to sleep with the drug that Shane had given him. It would be some hours later when he would re-awaken to this madness that was tormenting his very soul. He still had nightmares of that day as the car drove past the barracks and he saw burning people screaming with their last breaths, bodies with no limbs on the ground, and those who were bleeding from severe head wounds. It made him question his morality as these innocent people were chosen as targets.




Running onto the pitch Liam and Danny wore the maroon and black hooped top with white shorts. Gerry Junghan had to get Danny a jockstrap to wear because his penis was showing under the leg of his shorts.

Liam organised his team as the Marden side looked on.’

“Right lets hit them hard and hit them fast. Danny you are going to play on the left. We will feed you the ball and you are going to have to sprint up the field with it. If no one is up with you then dive for the line. Tony Garrity you will be the taker of the conversions.

We are the heavier side so move them back in the scrums understood?’

Yes skipper they all voiced.

The referee was Brian Sneddon from Marden who blew his whistle. St Anslems won the toss and elected to kick towards the back of the school. Liam launched the ball onto the left hand side of the pitch and it went out for a line out the rest of the team came running up as the ball was put in and Liam being the tallest gathered the ball in his huge hand he palmed it to Keith Berry who in turn passed it to Joe Summerly. Summerly hoofed it up in the air and Danny Fawcett caught it and immediately went haring down the field with it. Maurice Johnson went after Danny but he left him in his wake as he dived over the line to give St Anslems the first three points. Tony Garrity converted giving them a five point lead. The ball was quickly taken by the Marden side and George Hastings held onto the ball and tried to drive forward Liam called for Eddie Turnbull, Paul Johnston, and Dave Larter to join him Liam took hold of 

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