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Old 26-02-2015, 12:22 AM   #229
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Coat of Arms of Bangor..Twinned with Bregenz in Austria and Virginia Beach in the USA..The Vale of Angels, as Saint Patrick once rested there and is said to have had a vision filled with angels..The shield is emblazoned with two ships, which feature the Red Hand of Ulster on their sails, denoting that Bangor is in the province of Ulster..

Wings 1972 ABC SPECIAL REPORT: "Give Ireland Back To The Irish"..

The British security forces, however, had received detailed and accurate intelligence about the IRA's plans..It is believed that this was obtained by RUC Special Branch and the British Army's Special Reconnaissance Unit (SRU).. It has been alleged that the security forces had a double agent inside the IRA unit, and that he was killed by the SAS in the ambush..Other sources claim that the security forces had instead learned of the ambush through other surveillance methods..On 7 May, the RUC base was secretly evacuated and about 36 SAS soldiers, as well as officers from the RUC's Mobile Support Unit (MSU), were deployed.. The MSU was the RUC's equivalent of the SAS.. Most of the soldiers and officers were hidden around the base, with one team inside the base, and other teams hidden along the IRA’s anticipated route..The Special Reconnaissance Unit was a covert British Army unit involved in plain-clothes operations in Northern Ireland. Its troops were recruited from line battalions and trained in an 8-week course by the SAS..

The IRA's attack involved two teams.. One team would drive a digger with a bomb in its bucket through the base's perimeter fence and light the fuse.. At the same time, the other would arrive in a van and open fire on the base. Both teams would then leave the area in the van.. The van and digger that would be used were hijacked in the hours leading up to the attack.. The van, a blue Toyota HiAce, was taken from a business in Dungannon..The digger was taken from a farm at Lislasly Road, about two miles west of Loughgall.. Two IRA members stayed at the farm to stop the owners raising the alarm.. IRA member Declan Arthurs drove the digger, while two others drove ahead of him in a 'scout car'..The two IRA teams arrived in Loughgall from the northeast shortly after 7PM.. All were armed and wearing bulletproof vests, boilersuits, gloves and balaclavas.. The IRA men drove past the RUC base a number of times for reconnaissance..At about 7:15, Declan Arthurs drove the digger towards the base, with Gerard O'Callaghan and Tony Gormley riding alongside.. In the front bucket was 200 lb (90 kg) of semtex inside an oil drum, wired to two 40-second fuses.. The other 5 followed in the van: unit commander Kelly, Lynagh, McKearney, Eugene and Donnelly.. The digger crashed through the fence and the fuses were lit..Date 8 May 1987 Location 54°24′26.80″N 6°36′39.88″W..

Scene of Utter DevaStation...

Within seconds, the SAS opened fire from a number of hidden positions with M16 and H&K G3 rifles and L7A2 general-purpose machine guns.. The bomb detonated, destroying the digger along with much of the building, and injuring 3 members of the security forces..The SAS fired about 1,200 rounds at the IRA unit, riddling the van with bullets.. The 8 IRA members were killed in the hail of gunfire; all had multiple wounds and were shot in the head..Donnelly managed to escape into the football field beside the road, but was shot dead there.. It has been alleged that three of the wounded IRA members were shot dead as they lay on the ground after surrendering..Two civilians travelling in a car were also shot by the SAS.. The 2 brothers, Anthony and Oliver Hughes, were driving back from work and were wearing blue overalls like the IRA unit..The villagers had not been told of the operation and no attempt had been made to evacuate anyone or to seal-off the ambush zone, as this may have alerted the IRA..The security forces recovered one firearm from each dead IRA member at the scene: 3 H&K G3 rifles, one FN FAL rifle, two FN FNC rifles, a Franchi SPAS-12T shotgun and a Ruger Security-6 revolver.. The RUC linked the guns to seven killings and twelve attempted killings in the Mid-Ulster area.. The Ruger had been stolen from Reserve RUC officer William Clement, killed 2 years earlier in the attack on Ballygawley RUC base by the same IRA unit.. It was found that another of the guns had been used in the killing of Harold Henry...

The East Tyrone Brigade continued to be active until the last IRA ceasefire 10 years later..SAS operations against the IRA also continued.. The IRA searched to find the informer it believed to be among them, although it has been suggested that the informer, if there ever was one, had been killed in the ambush.. The RUC station was attacked again on 5 September 1990, when a van bomb caused widespread damage and wounded se7en constables..The IRA members became known as the "Loughgall Martyrs" among republicans..The men's relatives considered their killings to be part of a deliberate shoot-to-kill policy by the security forces.. Thousands of people attended their funerals; the biggest republican funerals in Northern Ireland since those of the IRA hunger strikers of 81..NI's Historical Enquiries Team found that not only did the IRA team fire first but that they could not have been safely arrested.. They concluded that the SAS were justified in opening fire..Loughgall RUC station was re-built, transferred to the PSNI in 2001, and shut in August 2009.. In April 2011 it was sold for private development..Galls or cecidia are outgrowths on the surface of lifeforms..It is worth noting that the fungus Ustilago esculenta associated with Zizania latifolia, a wild rice, produces an edible gall highly valued as a food source in the Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces of China..Dungannon has won Ulster in Bloom's Best Kept Town Award 5 times...

Reg Number GJI 4417\4+4+1+7 = 16...

The Toyota HiAce is a motor vehicle produced by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota..The parish of Lydd comprises the town of Lydd, Dungeness, Lydd-on-Sea and parts of Greatstone..The parish encompasses 4 electricity industry sites: Dungeness A & B Nuclear Power Stations,a substation of the National Grid..Dungannon (from Irish: Dún Geanainn, meaning "Geanann's stronghold ) is a town in County Tyrone..For centuries, it was the 'capital' of the O'Neill dynasty, who dominated most of Ulster and built a castle on the hill..Loch , is the Irish and Scottish Gaelic word for a lake and a sea inlet.. In Hiberno-English, the anglicised spelling lough is commonly found in placenames, pronounced the same way as loch..Loughborough was written in the 1086 Domesday Book as Lucteburne..The M1's Junction 23 is just to the west of Loughborough..The now derelict Charnwood Forest Canal once linked Nanpantan..Belfast Lough is a long, wide and deep expanse of water, virtually free of strong tides..The main coastal towns are Bangor on the southern shore and Carrickfergus on the northern shore..Lydd Ranges is a military firing range south of Lydd, in Kent, England.. It extends as far as the coast..Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest..Popular etymology ascribes a French origin to the toponym, giving an interpretation as "dangerous nose"..When firing is not carried out, it may be possible to walk along a designated path along the shore..Rye Harbour is a village located on the East Sussex coast..The backhoe loader was invented in the UK in 1953 by Joseph Cyril Bamford founder of J. C. Bamford (JCB-Seed-letter BAM that symbolizes Buddha Vajrayogini, an enlightened Deity of Highest Yoga Tantra who is the manifestation of the wisdom of all Buddhas.. is a game, boy.. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules..They were all right after Jesus was dead and all, but while He was alive, they were about as much use to Him as a hole in the head.. All they did was keep letting Him down..I like ALmost anybody in the Bible better than the Disciples...

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