Monday, July 14, 2014


Alan Dukes

I am still absolutely staggered at the incompetence of the guy who set the charges at the abortive attempt to blow The Pillar on 1 March 1966. How anyone who didn't understand the 12 hour clock, as alarm clocks were in those days, how they were let near explosives just beggars belief.

However, every cloud has a silver lining, and Liam Sutcliffe's story reminded me of the manuscript of a whodunnit submitted to the editor of the Shanganagh Valley News, some seven years earlier in February 1959.

If the author, who was then about fourteen years of age, understood the 12 hour clock and expected his readers to, then there is clearly no excuse for a supposed explosives expert.

The editor of the Shanganagh Valley News in February 1959 was me and the contributor was Alan Dukes.

Enjoy the story.

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