Bayardo Bar Bombing Victims
"A Forgotten Atrocity"
— Lest We Forget —
slaughtered here by a Republican murder gang
on 13th August 1975
William John Gracey aged 63
Samuel Gunning aged 55
Joanne McDowell aged 29
Hugh Alexander Harris aged 21
Linda Boyle aged 17
13th August 1975
5 People Killed
At this spot, on 13th August, 1975, five Protestants were killed and up to sixty injured, during a Republican bomb and gun attack on the Bayardo Bar.
The criminals who implemented this vicious attack, led by ex-trainee priest and IRA leader, Brendan 'Bic' McFarlane, a close associate of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, achieved, in part, exactly what they set out to do - to murder and maim members of our community in cold blood.
They entered the Bayardo Bar, spraying a member of the door-staff and a customer who were chatting at
In total, five people lost their lives that day, including one young girl - 17 year-old Linda Boyle. This attack on our people was designed purely to inflict maximum damage and, although their mission was completed, their callous agenda failed.
For although many good friends were lost and injured on that fateful day, the people of West Belfast and, indeed, Ulster, emerged stronger and even more resolute, to defeat the pure evil that is Irish Republicanism, once and for all! We all know that Republican politicians would have us sit with them in negotiation. We all know that they would have us now believe that theirs is a message of peace, and those militants with whom they associated in the past were part of an army! But the Irish Republican Army was not an army, nor were they so-called freedom fighters.
They were a homicidal, guerrilla grouping! A criminal organisation devoid of conscience! An organisation which fouls the decency of humanity in every sense and on every level! Yes, we know the IRA for what they were, and what they remain, a sectarian murder gang whose targets were easy, innocent and vulnerable men, women and children.
How this despicable act upon the Bayardo Bar
Many innocent Protestants perished at the hands of Republican murder gangs, and we must, for all time, resolve never to forget and never to let their memories fade! There are many places akin to this all across our beloved Ulster, where Protestants have been maimed and killed, and where the fallen are remembered. Places that hold, for us all, the bitter sweet memory of loved ones and how those loved ones met their premature end - at the hands of so-called Irish freedom fighters.
But we will never forget those who lie in cold graves, the victims of the Republican Movement's vicious campaign of genocide. They waged war against the British presence in Ulster. The British presence in Ulster being you and I - the Protestant people!
William John Gracey • Joanne McDowell • Linda Boyle
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Erected by Bayardo Somme Association
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Wars, Non-US. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1975.
Location. 54° 36.236′ N, 5° 56.895′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Marker is at the intersection of Shankill Road (Northern Ireland Route B39) and Argyle Street, on the left when traveling west on Shankill Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 180 Shankill Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT13 1QT, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richard Mussen (within shouting distance of this marker); Big Bill Campbell and Alastair Von (Ziff) (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Frizzell's Fish Shop Bombing Victims (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); C Coy. First Battalion Ulster Volunteers (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Shankill Protestant Boys Flute Band (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); 36th (Ulster) Division (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Abhainn na Feirste / River Belfast (approx. half a kilometer away); Divis Street / Sráid Dhuibhise (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
Also see . . .
1. Bayardo murders lost in rubble of McGurk's (Belfast Telegraph, 2011). (Submitted on June 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Why the victims killed in the Bayardo Bar massacre also deserve to be remembered (2016)(Submitted on June 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 129 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.