The beatings will continue until morale improves

Way back in 1996, after the ceasefire in the North, a programme was shown on Channel 4 called Baseball in Irish History. The title was highly ironic, because baseball had played very little part in Irish history and, in 1996, not many people were pla

13th April, 2015
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Going batty: Above The Law (RTE One) looked at the issue of punishment beatings in the North

During the Troubles, armed groups on both sides, the IRA, the UVF, the UFF and the UDA, were often asked by local people to deal with troublemakers, many of whom were little more than teenagers; some were very young indeed. They were usually described in the North as “hoods” which, an abbreviation of the American slang “hoodlum”, must come from a diet of American noir. The word is a little ironic in that the paramilitaries,...

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