Plains Cairde na hÉireann. March For Justice McGurks Bar. Plains 2011

plains Cairde na hÉireann’s Annual march to highlight british state collusion involved in the bombing of mcgurks bar and to help the families campaign for the truth and justice. On 4 December 1971, the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a loyalist paramilitary group, exploded a bomb at McGurk’s Bar in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The pub was in a mainly Catholic and nationalist area. The explosion caused the building to collapse, killing fifteen Catholic civilians and wounding seventeen more. It was the highest death toll from a single incident in Belfast during the Troubles. In 2001 a memorial was unveiled on the site of McGurk’s bar to mark the 30th anniversary of the bombing.[4] Relatives of the victims called for an investigation into allegations of crown-force collusion in the bomb attack. Almost a thousand people attended a service at St Patrick’s Church on Donegall Street, after which fifteen wreaths, one for each victim, were carried by relatives leading a silent candlelit procession to a new memorial at Great George’s Street. Patrick McGurk died on 15 December 2007, having forgiven those responsible for the explosion and having prayed for the men who carried out the attack. In Late 2011 a mural was painted at the site of McGurks Bar which now shows painted on the wall the bar in its old form.