Belfast Unionist, Loyalist Mural Bayardo Bar,Aberdeen St, attack slaughter by IRA Brendan McFarlane
Contributor:Tony Smith / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:3744 x 4872 px | 31.7 x 41.2 cm | 12.5 x 16.2 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:5 May 2011
Location:West Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
The Bayardo Bar attack took place on 13 August 1975 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A unit of the Provisional IRA Belfast Brigade, led by Brendan McFarlane, launched a bombing and shooting attack on the pub on Aberdeen Street (off the loyalist Shankill Road), which was frequented by Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) members as well as civilians. Four Protestant civilians and one UVF member were killed. According to journalists Alan Murray and Peter Taylor, it was retaliation for the Miami Showband massacre almost a fortnight earlier, when the popular Dublin-based band were ambushed by the UVF at a bogus military checkpoint. Three band members were shot dead by the UVF gunmen after their minibus was blown up in a premature explosion. McFarlane and two other IRA volunteers, Peter "Skeet" Hamilton and Seamus Clarke, were sentenced to life imprisonment for perpetrating the Bayardo attack.