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Supposed photo of at least one “Armagh Sniper”, nicknamed either “Goldfinger” or “Terminator”, armed with one of the dreaded Barrett M82 .50 caliber rifles that were smuggled into Ireland in 1986.

“What’s special about the Barrett is the huge kinetic energy… The bullet can just walk through a flak jacket. South Armagh was the prime place to use such weapon because of the availability of Brits. They came to dread it and that was part of its effectiveness.”  —Unidentified member of the South Armagh Brigade sniper teams


April 9th, 1981. Bobby Sands, Irish Republican hunger striker and political prisoner, was elected to the constituency of Fermanagh and South Tyrone as a member of the British Parliament. He was elected, from jail, in protest of the treatment of political prisoners and to show solidarity and support of the 1981 hunger strikers. He would die on hunger strike on May 5th, 1981, aged 27.

“We hereby proclaim the Irish Republican as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrade-at-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nation”, 1960s, Irish Republican Army