source: Birmingham Mail
published: 22 November 2019
Representatives from Birmingham’s Irish community stood alongside relatives of the 21 people killed in the city by IRA terrorists as the region’s blackest night was remembered.
Forty-five years on from the bloodbath in two city centre bars, there was quiet contemplation, sad memories, inevitable tears and, above all, recollections of the victims.
For the next 31 years those bombings would be the deadliest attack carried out in England. They were surpassed in their carnage only by the London bombings of July 7 2005.
If one of the aims of the killers was to turn Brummies against each other, then last night bore solid testament again to their utter failure.
The murderers caused immeasurable heartache and pain and the surviving bombers remain at liberty, despite repeated pledges by the police that the case is still active. But the bonds between the Irish community and the bereaved are closer, tighter and warmer than ever.
The relatives have the Irish community to thank for the striking new tree memorial, outside Grand Central railway station, the leaves of which are emblazoned with the names of those we lost. And important lessons have been learned about the dangers of rushing to judgement when such disasters strike.
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