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Men Behind The Wire
  • Men Behind The Wire
    • 1972 - R & O Records ROL 3001 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Men Behind The Wire
    2. Connelly Was There
    3. 3 Flowers
    4. Valley Of Knockanure
    5. Boys Of Kilmichael
  • Side Two
    1. 3rd West Cork Brigade
    2. Come To The Bower
    3. Peter Crowley
    4. Old Fenian Gun
    5. England's Gallows Tree
    6. Sean South

Sleeve Notes

HEREAS it appears to me, on the recommendation of the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, that for securing the preservation of the peace and the maintenance of the order in Northern Ireland, it is expedient that PAT McGUIGAN, SONGWRITER who is suspected of having acted or being about to act in a manner prejudicial to the preservation of the peace and the maintenance of order in Northern Ireland, should be interned.

NOW I, THE RIGHT HONOURABLE BRIAN FAULKNER, Minister of Home Affairs for Northern Ireland, by virtue of the powers invested in me by the Civil Authorities (Special Powers) Act (Northern Ireland) 1922, and the Regulations made thereunder, and of all other powers me thereunto enabling, DO HEREBY ORDER the said PAT McGUIGAN forthwith to be interned in MAGILLIGAN CAMP and to be subject to all the rules and restrictions applicable to persons there interned, and to be kept interned there until further order.

If the said PAT McGUIGAN desires to make any representations against this Order of Internment he may, after a copy of this Order is served on him, hand in a statement of such representations to the official in charge where he is interned, and that official shall forthwith forward such representations to the Advisory Committee specially appointed for the purposes of Regulation 12 of the said Regulations/which is presided over by a person who holds or has held high judicial office, or is a Recorder of County Court Judge, or a practising barrister of at least ten years' standing/for the due consideration of such representations by that Committee.

Dated this 16th day of JANUARY, 1972

  • The Special Powers Act-Northern Ireland Under the Act the Authorities are empowered to:
    1. Arrest without warrant.
    2. Imprison without charge or trial and deny recourse to habeus corpus or a court of law.
    3. Enter and search homes without warrant, and with force, at any hour of day or night.
    4. Declare a curfew and prohibit meetings, assemblies (including fairs and markets) and processions.
    5. Permit punishment by flogging.
    6. Deny claim to a trial by jury.
    7. Arrest persons it is desired to examine as witnesses, forcibly detain them and compel them to answer questions, under penalties, even if answers may incriminate them. Such person is guilty of an offence if he refuses to be sworn or answer a question.
    8. Do any act involving interference with the rights of private property.
    9. Prevent access of relatives or legal advisers to a person imprisoned without trial.
    10. Prohibit the holding of an inquest after a prisoner's death.
    11. Arrest a person who "by word of mouth" spreads false reports or makes fake statements.
    12. Prohibit the circulation of any newspaper.
    13. Prohibit the possession of any film or gramophone record.
    14. Arrest a person who does anything "calculated to be prejudicial to the preservation of peace of maintenance of order in Northern Ireland and not specifically provided for in the regulations.

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Smash Internment
  • Smash Internment
    • 1972 - R & O Records ROL 3002 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Thoughts of Solitude
    2. Free The People — The Jolly Tinkermen
    3. The Patriot Game — John McGeary
    4. O Ro Se Do Bheatha — The Internees
    5. Instrumental Selection — Loughran Sisters
    6. Tones Grave — Philomena Begley
    7. Easters Prophecy — Seamus Bradley
  • Side Two
    1. Miltown Malbay — Father Barney McAleer
    2. Bright Silvery Light — Father Barney McAleer
    3. Medley — The Lynch Family
    4. Biddy McGra — Conor Patrick
    5. We Shall Overcome — The Internees
    6. The Boys of the Old Brigade — The Internees

  • Credits
    • Live recording in Long Kesh
    • Produced by R & O RECORDS (IRELAND)

Sleeve Notes

This record has been made from tapes, which were recorded and smuggled out of "Long Kesh" Britain's largest interment camp in Northern Ireland.

The Artistes are among the best in Ireland. Not only that but week after week they have given their services free in order to raise funds to help the dependants of those so unjustly imprisoned.

The Concert took place in a corrugated iron hut. The 'captive' audience numbered over one hundred. At the time of the recording they had already been interned for some months but their wonderful spirit—that unconquered and unconquerable spirit of the Irish people— can be heard in their laughter, in their applause and in their magnificent rendering of "The Boys of The Old Brigade"—the Internees Anthem. It is this spirit prevailing through the recording which makes this record unique.

Now lean back, close your eyes, picture in your mind a 'nissen' hut packed with some of Ireland's finest sons—as young as 17—as old as 75. This was the first break in their solitude. The Artistes are welcomed with such fervor. The atmosphere is electric with emotion—for Artistes as well as audience. The concert begins…

The Civil Authorities (Special Powers) Act (Northern Ireland) 1922.
This is the measure which involves the United Kingdom derogating from the obligations imposed by the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

  • It allows the Stormont Government:
    1. to intern without trial,
    2. to suspend any or all of the basic liberties - from habeas corpus to freedom of the Press,
    3. to arrest and detain on suspicion only,
    4. to search people or buildings without warrant,
    5. to restrict movement,
    6. to reverse the onus of proof.
    7. to dispense with the holding of inquests.

Over 1,000 people are now detained or interned in Northern Ireland without charge or trial under authority of this legislation.

All proceeds of this record are donated for relief work to the Tyrone Co-ordinating Relief Committee.

"If you want PEACE, you must first strive for JUSTICE."

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