28 October 1976 - 40 years ago today - The Murder of Máire Drumm by Loyalists in Belfast

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28 October 1976: Máire Drumm, Republican activist, Cumann na mBan member and Ard-Chomhairle of Sinn Fein was shot dead by a Loyalist Death Squad in Belfast on this day.

In one of the most dramatic assassinations of the Conflict in the North during the 1970s the death of Marie Drumm made headlines across the World. She was a thorn in the side of the British Crown Forces and faced huge levels of harassment for her stance against what she saw as the Occupation of part of Ireland by a Foreign Power.

Born Máire Drumm (née McAteer) in Newry Co Down in 1919 she grew up in the village of Killean Co Armagh. A keen Camogie player she came from a strong Republican family and she was from an early age interested in all things Irish: Language, Music and Culture. She moved to Belfast in 194. While visiting republican prisoners there she met James Drumm whom she married on his release in 1946. The Drumms had five children: Séamus, Margaret, Seán, Catherine and Máire óg. When the IRA renewed the armed struggle in the late 50’s, James was again interned without trial from ‘57 to ‘61. When the civil rights movement began in the late 60s Maire was actively involved in the efforts to rehouse the thousands of nationalists forced from the homes by Unionist intimidation.

As things spun out of control Marie Drumm became more and more involved in opposing British Rule. While a good organiser she found her forte in public speaking and no one could doubt that her speeches were direct and fiery at getting her message across. She was twice imprisoned by the British for making ‘seditious speeches’. Her house in Belfast became a focal point of Resistance and as a result was a target of constant raids and harassment by the British Army and RUC. This constant singling out of her and her family took its toll however. Her health declined and in October 1976 she was admitted to the Mater Hospital for an cataract eye operation. However the admittance of such a high profile figure to a public hospital could not escape notice. A Loyalist hit team was put together to kill her.

Ironically her health was so bad by that stage that her husband had to announce her standing down as Vice President of Sinn Fein on October 18. She planned to move South on 30 October to a Nursing Home. But on the evening of 28 October her assassins struck. Two men entered the grounds of the Mater Hospital to scout ahead and at approx. 10.30pm that night another two men dressed as hospital doctors s made their way up to the second floor and into the six bedroom Ward 38 where Marie Drumm was re-cuperating. Without warning one of them opened fire hitting her three times in the chest. They then turned and fled. Ten minutes later she died on the operating table. Her killers were never caught and no group claimed responsibility. But it generally accepted that it was a Loyalist Terror Gang that carried it out.

Her death though was a blow to the Republican Movement as she was a high profile figure who gave as good as she got against her enemies. She was buried in the family plot in Milltown cemetery, Belfast on 1 November in a huge Republican Funeral.

"The only people worthy of freedom are those who are prepared to go out and fight for it every day, and die if necessary."
 


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28 October 1976: Máire Drumm, Republican activist, Cumann na mBan member and Ard-Chomhairle of Sinn Fein was shot dead by a Loyalist Death Squad in Belfast on this day.

In one of the most dramatic assassinations of the Conflict in the North during the 1970s the death of Marie Drumm made headlines across the World. She was a thorn in the side of the British Crown Forces and faced huge levels of harassment for her stance against what she saw as the Occupation of part of Ireland by a Foreign Power.

Born Máire Drumm (née McAteer) in Newry Co Down in 1919 she grew up in the village of Killean Co Armagh. A keen Camogie player she came from a strong Republican family and she was from an early age interested in all things Irish: Language, Music and Culture. She moved to Belfast in 194. While visiting republican prisoners there she met James Drumm whom she married on his release in 1946. The Drumms had five children: Séamus, Margaret, Seán, Catherine and Máire óg. When the IRA renewed the armed struggle in the late 50’s, James was again interned without trial from ‘57 to ‘61. When the civil rights movement began in the late 60s Maire was actively involved in the efforts to rehouse the thousands of nationalists forced from the homes by Unionist intimidation.

As things spun out of control Marie Drumm became more and more involved in opposing British Rule. While a good organiser she found her forte in public speaking and no one could doubt that her speeches were direct and fiery at getting her message across. She was twice imprisoned by the British for making ‘seditious speeches’. Her house in Belfast became a focal point of Resistance and as a result was a target of constant raids and harassment by the British Army and RUC. This constant singling out of her and her family took its toll however. Her health declined and in October 1976 she was admitted to the Mater Hospital for an cataract eye operation. However the admittance of such a high profile figure to a public hospital could not escape notice. A Loyalist hit team was put together to kill her.

Ironically her health was so bad by that stage that her husband had to announce her standing down as Vice President of Sinn Fein on October 18. She planned to move South on 30 October to a Nursing Home. But on the evening of 28 October her assassins struck. Two men entered the grounds of the Mater Hospital to scout ahead and at approx. 10.30pm that night another two men dressed as hospital doctors s made their way up to the second floor and into the six bedroom Ward 38 where Marie Drumm was re-cuperating. Without warning one of them opened fire hitting her three times in the chest. They then turned and fled. Ten minutes later she died on the operating table. Her killers were never caught and no group claimed responsibility. But it generally accepted that it was a Loyalist Terror Gang that carried it out.

Her death though was a blow to the Republican Movement as she was a high profile figure who gave as good as she got against her enemies. She was buried in the family plot in Milltown cemetery, Belfast on 1 November in a huge Republican Funeral.

"The only people worthy of freedom are those who are prepared to go out and fight for it every day, and die if necessary."


Murder?

Didn't Drumm consider the situation to be one in which there was a war on?

The PIRA continually attacked (and in some cases succeeded in killing) British/unionist politicians. Was that murder? I don't recall the PIRA (or SF) describing it as such.
 

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Murder?

Didn't Drumm consider the situation to be one in which there was a war on?

The PIRA continually attacked (and in some cases succeeded in killing) British/unionist politicians. Was that murder? I don't recall the PIRA (or SF) describing it as such.
She was a non combatant and convalescing in hospital

- she was not a threat to anyone

So yes she was murdered

Which British politicians are you talking about BTW?
 

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She was a non combatant and convalescing in hospital

- she was not a threat to anyone

So yes she was murdered

Which British politicians are you talking about BTW?

Bear in mind you are engaging with an individual that cheered on the burning of Nationalists out of their homes in Belfast by Unionist mobs - one of the most vile sectarian skummers on the Forum.
 

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Why did the IRA army council want her dead?

Their was an agreement in place that the terrorists wont touch each others leadership.
 

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Why did the IRA army council want her dead?

Their was an agreement in place that the terrorists wont touch each others leadership.
Clown........

She was murdered by planter scum with the help of their paymasters in the hated RUC.
 

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Clown........

She was murdered by planter scum with the help of their paymasters in the hated RUC.
She was murdered because the IRA wanted her out of the way. :roll:

The IRA could easily have taken out a leading Loyalist in revenge. But they didn't. They wanted her gone.

Oh well. Karma is a bitch. IRA scum get killed.
 

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The NI Police Ombudsmans Office announced in July they are investigating claims of RUC collusion in her murder.

P.ie as always distinguishes itself, I note.
 

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The NI Police Ombudsmans Office announced in July they are investigating claims of RUC collusion in her murder.

P.ie as always distinguishes itself, I note.
Indeed I think there are more quislings and traitors on p.ie than in all the History of Ireland.
 

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Indeed I think there are more quislings and traitors on p.ie than in all the History of Ireland.

Thats very romantic of you.

We've always had more gobshytes than either quislings or traitors. Though admittedly, gobshytes are very useful little enablers ...
 

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Thats very romantic of you.

We've always had more gobshytes than either quislings or traitors. Though admittedly, gobshytes are very useful little enablers ...
Who said romantic Ireland is dead and gone...............:shock: lol
 

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Republican shot dead by Loyalists
all the SF/IRA supporters who remember Máire Drumm will tell you Jean McConville was shot

she was shot, they want it to sound clean she was killed like a soldier in a war, no mention of her torture by the IRA

they never admit she was tortured (hands mutilated) until she said what the IRA wanted her to say
 

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all the SF/IRA supporters who remember Máire Drumm will tell you Jean McConville was shot

she was shot, they want it to sound clean she was killed like a soldier in a war, no mention of her torture by the IRA

they never admit she was tortured (hands mutilated) until she said what the IRA wanted her to say
Son of Jean McConville tells of abuse by Fr Brendan Smyth

The IRA and the Catholic Church. :roll:

Billy McConville said the IRA must also bear responsibility for the “nightmare” of abuse he said he suffered. He told the BBC that if “the IRA hadn’t killed our mother” he wouldn’t have ended up in care and subjected to abuse.
He said that Fr Smyth “was one of the most devious people” he had ever encountered.The lay teacher in a statement read to the inquiry denied the allegations against him.
 

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a priest (my mother grew up with) bothered me

he wouldn't take no for an answer

i met him after that in the street weeks later

i looked at him as if to say 'give me an excuse'

he walked away

that was a long time ago

last i heard he had cancer

i won't wish him dead because it's bad luck, what goes around comes around

the difference between the church and SF/IRA is the church never asked me for a vote
 

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Ah jaysus, a Fred about a Martyr to the cause and yez are at each other like rabid chihuahuas, can ye hould on till moi puts the kettle on...
 

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28 October 1976: Máire Drumm, Republican activist, Cumann na mBan member and Ard-Chomhairle of Sinn Fein was shot dead by a Loyalist Death Squad in Belfast on this day.

In one of the most dramatic assassinations of the Conflict in the North during the 1970s the death of Marie Drumm made headlines across the World. She was a thorn in the side of the British Crown Forces and faced huge levels of harassment for her stance against what she saw as the Occupation of part of Ireland by a Foreign Power....

Yes she was brave, but she was out for herself and did nothing useful for anyone. She had been brainwashed into her views. If she'd been a brain surgeon, full marks. Just another killer, nul points.
 

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Yes she was brave, but she was out for herself and did nothing useful for anyone. She had been brainwashed into her views. If she'd been a brain surgeon, full marks. Just another killer, nul points.
How was she out for herself?

What did she personally gain from these years of struggle?

She never killed anyone
 

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How was she out for herself?

What did she personally gain from these years of struggle?

She never killed anyone

No she didn't, but in a culture of encouragement she probably lit a fuse in many that caused them to kill others.

Her killers were saddo cowards, but the other side of the same coin. Small town, white trash, ignorant, lashing out at what everyone has told you is the problem. The problem is usually between our ears.

In days past they would move to americay and kill indians (heathens) and help out running slave plantations (more heathens). Now it is self-inflicted, and if you strip away the badges, flags and uniforms there is no difference between the poor prods and taigs in NI. That's why James Connolly thought they might all get on well in his Workers Republic - remember him?

It's not surprising that the more ignorant in society don't get it. But most of us have learned that much by now.
 

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It turns out that a distant relative of mine, long since dead, knew her in Dublin in the early 70's I didn't know that until quite recently. Family lore has it that he was in her company when she was arrested somewhere near Mullingar around that time.
His description of her was that she was fiercely uncompromising. Make what you will of that.

Killing her in hospital was absolutely hideous. A long time later, some group tried to kill Nigel Dodds as he visited his special needs child in hospital also.
 


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