Celtic Diary Sunday December 11: Brendan Refuses To Panic

After the conclusion of the weekends games, manager Brendan Rodgers refused to panic as “rangers ” moved onto the leaders shoulders poised to move into a winning position.

We rang him to ask if this meant he will delve deeply into the transfer market next month, but all he would say is “fuck off, and how did you get my number ? ”

Celtic may have disposed of Partick fairly comfortably in the end, running out 4-1 winners, but a second win in consecutive weeks over two of the best sides in Scotland has the media salivating again at the prospect of Scotland new club achieveing the almost impossible feat of winning the league just five years since they rose from the ashes of Rangers.

At Firhill on Friday, Partick did put up a bit of a fight until Stuart Armstrong turned in a Leigh Griffiths shot seven minutes before half time. As the teams came out for the second half, the commentators decided that the last thing Partick needed was to concede a goal early in the second half, and the Jags clearly had the sound turned down becuase they conceded two soon after the break, just sixteen seconds apart.

One from a clever free kick where Griffiths played the ball out to Armstrong who hit a bobbler at the keeper, who seemed to jump over it, and a second when Griffiths chased down a defender, took the ball off him and curled one beyond a now distraught Tomas Cerny in the Partick goal.

There was a bit of a scare when Partick had the ball in the net twice soon after, but referee Craig Thomson decided to keep his honest mistakes to a minimum, awarding only one of them when both of them had more than a hint of offside about them.

It was left to substitute Calum Mcgregor, who got on the end of an Emilio Izaguirre chip, to secure points that should never really have been in doubt, but Craig thomson was on the pitch, so anything could have happened.

One thing that didn;t happen was a booking for Scott Brown, and an interesting observation from commentator Derek Rae was that players of other teams think he doesn’t get booked enough. to be honest, he should have been booked on at least three occasions in this game, as his exuberant style led to one or two rash challenges.

Still, I wouldn’t want Broony any other way, and he must have known that Thomson will save the sending ffs until Celtic have something to play for.

The Thistle mascot, Kingsley, was lucky to escape a booking, although he may actually have been making a submissive gesture inviting some sort of degradation, which his team got on the pitch anyway, so he’ll [probably be a happy man today;

Elsewhere, as you probably noticed, Ian Cathro, the new Hearts boss, got off to a disastrous start , losing to newly promoted “rangers “, and that means the Ibrox club are second in the league, just eight points behind Celtic , having played three games more.

As we said, not enough to panic Brendan yet, in fact it should please him that all the sides immediately below Celtic are taking points off each other, as that means the title will be won fairly soon, and the key players can go off on holiday before the Champions League kicks in again.

Speaking of the UCL, you are probably aware of a few changes, but the one that has sneaked under the radar is the addition of some 6pm kick offs, to help tv audiences…

All the changes are explained in this article,from SportsLawScotland,  ucl-changes and you might not be as happy about them as you probably thought..

One change however, is that all domestic champions will now fall into the Europa League no matter what happens. Thats a good safety net for us, and it also means more money for the smaller countries whose European experience is normally limited to two games in the summer.

The changes start in 2018, and won;t affect Celtic at first as we’ll get straight in as winners of the Europa League.

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We’d have been there or thereabouts had we dropped into it this year, so why not next year ?

Indeed, will we finish the season as Champions ?

The papers hope not…

 

Before we have a good old chuckle at the rantings of Barrie Mackay, note the “exclusive ” about James McCarthy at the top…we already told you his agent said an offer is on the table and its up to the player and Everton.

Note also that the Mail, in the report, describes him as an “ex Hamilton kid” and not an interntional, not a Premiership player, and certainly not someone who cost millions of pounds last time he moved.

Anyhoo, back to Mad Baz Mackay…

“No, it’s not over until it’s over.

“We will push Celtic to the very last day of the season.

“We go into every game looking to win. At this club fans expect you to win games – no matter who you 
are playing.”

 

Last day of the season ?

Its unlikely to go that far, but as the accounting skills at Ibrox have proved, arithmetic is not their strong point.

It won’t be long before they need snookers at this rate, and no doubt the SFA will call for another rule change when that happens.

Fair enough, the new club are unbeaten at home this season so far, but thats probably due to the opposition glancing nervously at the stadium roof every time they hear a noise.

 

On a more serious note, Donegal reporter Phil MacGhiollabhan has claimed that Ibrox is in a bit of trouble structurally, which we all guessed when fans were moved from their seats some time ago to avoid falling debris,

and in his recent article, he claims action is about to be taken.

After Celtic visit , that is…

Apparently, ( I can’t find the article this morning, so you’ll have to visit his site to read it oh wait, here it is…phils-article) Ibrox will have netting installed under the roofs to catch any debris, which to any right thinking man , if true, means the stadium is knackered after all, and with safety surely the main concern here, the Ibrox support, who use the place more than most, would be behind any moves to find out if the ground is safe.

However, because the article is by MacGhiollabhan, who kept telling them their old club was going to die, and then somehow got the blame for it, the fans have turned on him, and surprisingly (or not , I suppose,) on an MSP who asked questions about it..

James Dornan, who also demanded an enqiury into incidents of historical child abuse in football, also wants to know if there’s anything in Phils story.

If this is true then surely the game on Hogmanay must be in jeopardy. Clearly questions to be answered at least. 

Which is fair enough.

However, even Neil Cameron, an SMSM hack, told him to “grow up “

You really would think that those daft bastards whose noses are a shade of blue would have clicked by now that their club is no longer their club and is being run by people who don’t give a flying fuck about them . time after time the “bampots ” have been proved right, and if one of them alludes to safety issues at the ground, then the very least they should do is ask the questions themselves.

As a famous man once said

Image result for I don;t know why we bother we should let you all die fawlty towers

“I don’t know why we bother. We should let you all die. “

We have to go back to Friday for the last caption competition…

Aboriginal man Tom Noytuna using newly installed phone for the first time, circa 1980.

This was the first time an Aboriginal Australian had used a phone…

connolly’s chair December 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm · Edit · Reply →

Caption: No,I don’t have a f’kin PPi… 

Today….

By the way-you started Christmas shopping yet.

You’ll have to be on your toes to get this years in demand toy….

 

 

 

 

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Mike Annis
4 years ago

God game against Thistle once we settled down and great goals. The commentators spent far too long trying to get Gordon red carded for a collision. Blue nosed numpties. As for caption competition: Defence lines up for Alan Thompson’s free kick.

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago

I see they launched that toy in the Warrington High Street first aiming it at the 9-12 year old market.

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago

That’s not a joke btw.

Monti
4 years ago

” That’s not a joke btw ” ….no but you are ya fud!

Corktim
4 years ago

British apologist,a good read for you british atrocities 1969 to present,right up your street,

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Corktim

You won’t here me backing up any atrocity carried out by the British Armed Forces or State.
EVER.
There are countless to choose from too.

Monti
4 years ago

It was never launched……just planted.

Cartvale88
4 years ago

Caption
Seating area and Ibrokes collapses
Love the unbiased media two games won on route to the treble and the UCL
Oh these morons are deluded, first Murray then a gaggle of grave robbers, now a magic hat that is severely dented.
The game against the New Firm on Friday was as expected, after playing in the UCL, now nothing to stop a treble or two
Monti the ideal toy for a growing Bhoy!

mike
4 years ago

Barry McKay,The Ipox joker,not a patch on Ken Dodd,but he is a diddy.
Players oot in January?
G.K. Logan Bailly.
R.B. Efe Ambrose.
Nir Biton ?
Kris Commons xxx.
Nadir Cifti.
Loan oots. Ajar.Hendo.O Connoll.

mike
4 years ago
Reply to  mike

It of course depends on who is available,but it seems that Lustig is staying,with Gamboa for cover,waiting perhaps on young Ralston,coming oot his pram.
Coming in perhaps.James McCarthy,but recently signing a new deal at the Toffees,he wid command a big transfer fee and wages.But is a Tim and Irish International.
Darlington Nagabe.Ootside right,with a good pass rate,valued at £1.3 mill.Contract ends at Portland Timbers 2019,American International,a replacement for Paddy Roberts perhaps.
A striker perhaps to replace The Dems if he goes in the summer.A new Centre back if Jozo decides to go,unlikely,but almost certainly a defensive mid.

mike
4 years ago

On friday the team looked tired first half,but got their tails up second half,the back passing was poor first half but improved when Broony got his instructive luv letter and started coming back to collect the ba. from Gordon,he moved it quicker and also forward.
Armstrong just gets better,McGregor has great movement and Griff. adds goals to the team a great finisher,for me,i would like to see him start on the left side,with Dembelle as striker.
Negatives for me,is that Lustig is never a centre back,good r.b. tho,why not Toure?We are still vulnerable at set pieces in the air.

Weeski
4 years ago

Warburtons spare action man heed box discovered

Hugh67
4 years ago

Excellent 2nd half performance from the Bhoys on Friday. A lot of the same players of last year playing with a new found confidence and maturity. Like Warbo there is no real evidence of him being a city trader but Brendan is proving to be an outstanding manager.

When the transfer window opens he will only want players who can be in the first team. However they are, they will have to be VERY good to walk into that team, so will not come cheaply.

Caption

*rangers bosses use visual aids to explain how they rose from the dead.

henkesdreadlocks
4 years ago

Caption…..

The gutter press.

Tim Buffy
4 years ago

Rae seems to have embarked on a one-man crusade to get Brown booked. Not content with repeatedly mentioning that opposition players (allegedly) claim that Brown doesn’t get booked enough he then couldn’t wait to highlight his ‘third’ foul – midway through the second half FFS. Rae is now proving that he’s nothing more than a moaning-faced, biased, sheep-shagging prick who’s far too fond of his own voice. Stick to eating the pies you’re so obviously fond of Mr Rae. At least that will spare the rest of us the sound of your annoying voice and your inane witterings.

SteveNaive
4 years ago

Out of order CharliSaiz

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Steve,
He’s probably a little frustrated Amazon can’t guarantee him delivery of his Christmas present….’ Commando ‘.

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

They certainly were Steve.

shiltrum
4 years ago

Caption: (New experimental Toilets at Ibrox) The wee Guy in the Black Hat is shouting ‘ Where’s the Loo Paper is there any F***** Loo paper.

shiltrum
4 years ago

The previous caption could have ended ‘but i’ve got an EBT’ after all he looks a wee bit Zombified to me.;)

connolly's chair
4 years ago
Reply to  shiltrum

shiltrum,if I thought ‘but I’ve got an EBT’ would of enhanced my creatively ingenious caption I would’ve thought of it first.
‘I’ won the competition not you,loser.
Don’t you just hate it when losers hang on to your coat-tails hoping to share the glory.F’ck off with your ideas.

Only kiddin’.

Monti
4 years ago

Ralph,
Love the Fisher price ‘ My little Provie ‘ gift box……did you know there is a ‘ special edition ‘ for the Brits?
There are 18 figures in the special edition and you have to assemble the figures manually, heads, arms and legs in seperate bags.
For an extra £5.99 you can get drums, trumpets and horse parts included.

Funkyy
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

That’s sick Monti..ffs you give the impression that you miss “the good old days” of bloody killings and carnage in Northern Ireland. Maybe you would like it to come to the streets of Scotland, would that make you happy? There are good folk on all sides in N.I. and the mainland trying to make the peace process work..naebody in their right mind would want to return to what the Irish folk suffered. God bless that beautiful island and its folk.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Funkyy

Funkyy,
I have no idea what you are on about???

Monti
4 years ago

Charlie Saiz,
You seem to be a somewhat confused individual…
You claim to have joined and represented your royal highness, yet you post Rebel tunes onto the blog.
You raise the Warrington boys who were killed, but you post Republican tunes onto the blog which would indicate your support for those who carried out the Warrington bombing?
How would your squaddie pals in their British legions feel about you posting pro – IRA songs on social media?

Very odd man.

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

I was a young man when I joined the forces ,young impressionable and very naive as it turned out.
I did not join the Forces for any member of the Royal Family or Establishment I did that for myself and my family because believe it or believe it not in the world we live in we need Soldiers.
Just a fact of life as his has been for centuries.
I sang these songs at CP long before I joined not fully understanding the true meaning of what they were about.]
That’s down to the schooling in the country on which I was born and lived.
They don’t tend to teach you the truth in School they tend to teach you a watered down.cherry picked version of events.
We’re the good guys they were the bad guys etc etc I digress..
Having subsequently left the forces on my own volition I then took it upon myself to get reacquainted with both the history and my own ties with the Land I nearly lost my life on.
(Being on the end of a real threat to your existence has a canny way of making you review things Monti)-not that you would know anything about what went on over there other than what you have read or seen via Youtube.
So you see the only confusion about all of this is the confusion in your own head pal.
I’ve squared away all that has gone on in my life (good and bad) and as someone who sympathises with the Republican call for a United Ireland through having experienced it first hand I have no qualms about enjoying or sharing the music that has come out of it as a result.
Some of these tunes and songs are simply stunning in their own right.
Tell you one thing I don’t get though are the plastic paddies rejoicing in carnage like it’s something to be glorified?
There is no fucking glory to be found in murder no matter what cause it is in.

Monti
4 years ago

Charlie Saiz,
There’s nothing wrong with being scared, you were out of your depth in Ireland, realised it then left with your tail between your legs.
Proud of you!

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Great response get back to your Battlefield 1 ya clueless muppet.

Rob O'Keeffe
4 years ago

Dont know about caption but second from left is FOX MULDER and third from left is JOHN KENNEDY.

Rob O'Keeffe
4 years ago

Monti,please remind Charlie that some of the scumbags responsible for the killings in Ballymurphy went on to carry out more atrocities on Bloody Sunday.Thankfully,it looks like all their killings are going to be investigated again. WHGA

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Rob,
Well said m8!

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

And so they should.
Again for the sake of repeating myself I don’t condone ANY violence no matter the cause or crusade it is carried out in.
I am a firm believer in dialogue to solve issues such as these.
A murderer is a murderer and should be tried as one regardless of who they represent.
I find the the My little Provie to be in severely bad taste given the past mistakes made by those who carried them out.
Hence why I felt compelled to draw attention to it.

Iantm
4 years ago

What a crock of pish you talk sometimes son.

You were a British Soldier in the Six Counties? a lot of TALKING you pricks did then… Drive by murders, Para Fuckwits etc.

I will tell you an unwelcome truth which clowns like you will deny… When the killing of innocents was confined to IRISH and CATHOLICS the UK was all for it. The Cork City burn was given Government approval by an official cover up and you can count that throughout Ireland as atrocities were ignored and then multiplied in your Gerrymandered six Counties.

The TRUTH is the war stopped when the BRITS could not handle a bit of aggro back… WHO killed civilians as a POLITICAL Solution for all those years prior to reprisal?

Talk my arse, you Brits do it all the time, other people call it fuckin lying… How many times was Ireland promised Home Rule in your fuckin lying talks.

Tell me exactly how in Brit speak “Ulster” fighting and being right is OK and official when you had to divide the nine counties to get SIX with a Protestant Majority and a Catholic underclass?

Tell me how all that “TALKING” the B Specials did worked wonders for peace and unity.

The truth is Britain started the violence against Civilians and could not handle a quid quo pro when the war was taken to Their Civilian population.

Lesson for Britain? don’t start shit you cannot handle when it gets a response of the same type. Again a bit of truth, the UK would have kept it’s Shit and cover ups going for years more had it been contained in Ireland… Do you what British Soldier? FUCK OFF and leave Ireland to the Irish… There is nothing more Plastic than a Pretendy “Ulster Brit” Ulster IS Irish, be Irish or fuck off. it is simple really.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Iantm

Iantm,
Quality!

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Iantm

Cracking bit of generalisation there fair play to you.
I don’t condone any of the behaviour you mention that part of the equation seems to flown right over your head somewhat?
I conducted myself with integrity at all times.
Even after that time some sneaky fucker tried to blow me up.
From the safety of a remote switch.
Never held it against them either.
Fair play to them.
Close but no cigar.

Iantm
4 years ago

You were part and parcel of British Policy in the Six Counties… Obeying Orders is an excuse.

I’m not close, I’m bang on the nail. British policy allowing civilian murders by British Soldiers was retaliated by a Provo decision to take the fight onto mainland Britain, the response to you and yours… YOU were part of the British actions in Ireland, pretending it wisnae you does not wash. YOU implemented British Policy, you don’t get to disown the bits you dislike.

I reiterate British Soldiers were murdering Civilians long before the Provos were were raised to oppose them.

Monti
4 years ago

Charlie saiz,
You really must stop reading Andy Mcnob books.

Monti
4 years ago

Iantm,
Exactly, well said!

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago

British Policy when I was there was to support the RUC in carrying out their duties.
No agenda just allowing Policemen to uphold the Law of the land.
You appear to be confusing two different time zones here.

Iantm
4 years ago

Oh dear oh dear… Your job was assisting the RUC uphold their rule of law.

That, you numpty proves my point…Corrupt and able to burn Portacabins full of evidence proving their involvement in Catholic murders etc.

That RUC? 😉 Away and hide your face in shame.

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago

There you go generalising again I suppose you think that all Police Officers think that way yes?
Nonsense.
Those who committed any such CRIMES own them and should face the full force of the Law which they CLAIM to uphold and serve.
I had no part in any of that so no there is no shame in Supporting a Force who themselves were on the receiving end of countless acts of violence.
Away and chase yersel 😉

Iantm
4 years ago

I am NOT generising on anything… Facts just Facts.

You are hiding behind the it wisnae me and I just joined up to put food on the table, I wasn’t a bad guy.

You say I generalise about the RUC with whom you so proudly served.

Some facts, the RUC were the armed force of repression against a manufactured Catholic minority.
The RUC B Specials terrorised the Falls population and were instrumental in the repression and beatings of the civil Rights movement.

Scottish soldiers posted to the Six Counties joined in with glee.

Again the Provisional IRA did not even exist while this reign of terror was going on. Drive by murders by british Soldiers are factual.

The corruption of the British Soldiers is also factual, sharing info with Protestant Paramilitaries, jeezo there are even photos of British Soldiers on patrol WITH Protestant Paramilitaries. The RUC was corrupt and involved in the murders of Catholics, the same RUC YOU served so proudly.

Your pish about the atrocities belonging to the individual is just that pish…Total utter pish. The British Government is responsible and YOU were part of their solution. As many Catholic Civilians were murdered by British Soldiers as soldiers were killed by provos, more if you include the drive by murders by Soldiers and the colluded murders by Brits, RUC and Protestant Paramilitaries but hey ho it put food on YOUR table.

The British Government was responsible for RUC corruption but no, YOU and THEY were just upholding the law… Son as I already said You should hide your face in shame instead of living in denial… YOU were part of it.

SteveNaive
4 years ago

It is in bad taste but the way you drew attention to it was worse. I was unemployed then but had enough sense, dignity and intelligence to never resort to what you did.

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

I got a trade out of it that trade put food on my families table for the past 20 years or so.
Having never been unemployed or unemployable I can’t possibly comment on that.

Monti
4 years ago

“Food on my families table”?
Wonder what 1 Para had for tea after their murder spree in Derry?

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Do you wonder what the Omagh bombers had for tea too or is that just reserved for your fellow countrymen?
You being british and all that.

Monti
4 years ago

Scottish by birth,Irish to the core!
Irish grandmother on my mothers side and Italian grandparents on my fathers side.
Irish/Italian…..

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago

That makes you a quarter Irish (if it’s even true which I doubt ) “Irish to the core” lol.

Monti
4 years ago

I care not one jot what you may or may not believe!

Iantm
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Aye food for the family table, what a pish excuse.

There are some facts which can’t be disguised or talked around.

British soldiers ARE criminals… All the pish about preferring talk is just that… PISH. You KNEW British Policy, you were part of it Soldier boy… Enjoy your tea.

The British response to B Special murder and torture in their six counties was to send in Scottish Soldiers to help them… THE PROVISIONAL IRA did NOT EXIST when Soldiers were helping the B Specials supress the Catholic underclass… Murder and Mayhem was OK then British Soldier wasn’t it. Old Thatcher did plenty of that talking you like so much.

British Policy on aiding and abetting Protestant terrorists in killing Catholics, talk away Soldier boy, what about British Soldiers MURDERING CATHOLIC CIVILIANS in drive by shootings? Out of control Paras giving an unarmed Civil Rights a right stiff talking to, never a prosecution yet.

Like I already said Provos were a response to the UK Government policy which used you and yours to murder an underclass they created… This is a War Crime…

The Provo response brought an end to the conflict… YOU helped prolong it.

No one likes murder but in this conflict the British Soldiers were dab hands at it BEFORE the Provos existed.

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Iantm

Sounds to me like you are justifying murder?
I’m not for the record.
ANY OF IT.

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Iantm

Incidentally spare the history lesson I’ve read all about these issues previously as I stated up the page and previously numerous times.
Are all IRA men child killers?
Of they aren’t only those who are responsible for such actions are so stop generalising and keep it specific.
I never shot a single round in all my time in the forces other than on a range under range conditions so save the shame pish for those that did.
I never insulted a single person in my time over there.
Again save that for those that did-and they did.
I conducted my duty with Integrity AT ALL TIMES.
No shame in that.
So go fuck yersel “son”.

Iantm
4 years ago
Reply to  Iantm

Seems as if I’m justifying murder while YOU Soldier boy want no part of it. What a crock… YOU are part and parcel of it.

You are some man, tell me when did you enlist?

Before or after the B Special murders?
Before or after the Paras massacre?
Before or after the drive by murders by British Soldiers?
Before or after it became obvious through Civil Rights debunk of Brit Gov and RUC actions in murders of Catholics and the ongoing cover ups?

I will answer for you Soldier boy based on your previous excuses… After ALL of the above.

So you joined up knowing full well the situation in the Six Counties. But hey ho it put food on your table and every one else is to blame… Except You and the RUC.

Uralius
4 years ago

Monti, Charlie Saiz International,

Are the songs a glorification of the freedom fought for and won earlier last century or are they glorifying the atrocities carried out by either side in NI from 1969 until The Good Friday Agreement of 1998?

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Uralius

Uralius,
The former!

Uralius
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Oh good so the songs UEFA have said are allowed to be sung at football matches. Well whilst I understand the disdain you have for the entity that Charlie Saiz used to be a part of. Surely as Celtic supporters and Christians he should be forgiven as he has repented. He’s not Kenny Miller after all.

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago

I prefer the older stuff though I am partial to a bit of Auf Wedersehen To Crossmaglen for sentimental reasons.
Nothing wrong with the songs or the songwriting it’s a better expression of rebellion than violence that’s for sure.
Just an opinion.

Monti
4 years ago

Ralph,
Can you send me the ‘ My little Provie ‘ gift box, first class please?
Once received i’ll send you the extremist Muslim version, it’s a doll called ‘ Doda the exploder’.

Cortes
4 years ago

Caption: Alright for Somme, getting to be paid for watching the game.

4 years ago

Caption: Ground evacuation practice takes place at ibrokes.
Just in case?

4 years ago

Dec 11/12 1920Cork City lit up by flames. Lest we forget! On 11 December, IRA commander Seán O’Donoghue received intelligence that two lorries of Auxiliaries would be leaving the barracks that night and travelling with them would be a senior, and much hated, British intelligence officer Captain C J O’C Kelly.That evening, a unit of six IRA volunteers commanded by O’Donoghue took up position between the barracks and Dillon’s Cross. Their goal was to destroy the patrol and capture or kill Captain Kelly. Five of the volunteers hid behind a stone wall while one, Michael Kenny, stood across the road dressed like an off-duty British officer. When the lorries neared he was to beckon the driver of the first lorry to slow down or stop. At 19.20 pm, two lorries carrying about 20 Auxiliaries emerged from the barracks. The first lorry slowed when the driver spotted Kenny and, as it did so, the IRA unit attacked with grenades and revolvers. As the IRA unit made its escape, some of the Auxiliaries managed to fire their rifles in the direction of the volunteers while others dragged the wounded to the nearest cover: O’Sullivan’s pub. Later that night Crown forces set fire to a number of houses and then burnt numerous buildings in the city centre. Over 40 business premises, 300 residential properties, City Hall and the Carnegie Library were destroyed by fire. Over £3 million worth of damage (1920 value) was done, 2,000 were left jobless and many were left homeless. At 9:30PM, lorries of Auxiliaries and British soldiers left the barracks and alighted at Dillon’s Cross, where they broke into a number of houses and herded the occupants on to the street. They then set the houses on fire. Seven buildings were set alight at the crossroads. A tram was set alight near Fr Mathew’s statue. Witnesses reported seeing groups of armed men on St Patrick’s Street, the city’s main shopping street. Some were uniformed or partially uniformed members of the Auxiliaries , the British Army and RIC, while others wore no uniforms.They were seen firing into the air, smashing shop windows and setting buildings alight. Many reported hearing bombs exploding. The difficulty that the Strickland Enquiry had was determining which branch of the Crown Forces men belonged to. The fire brigade was informed of the fire at Dillon’s Cross shortly before 10PM and was sent to deal with it at once. However, on finding that Grant’s department store on St Patrick’s Street was ablaze, they decided to tackle it first. Superintendent Alfred Huston did not have enough resources to deal with all the fires at once, “he would have to make choices – some fires he would fight, others he could not”. Huston went to oversee the operation on St Patrick’s Street and there he met Cork Examiner reporter Alan Ellis. Hut son told Ellis “that all the fires were being deliberately started by incendiary bombs, and in several cases he had seen soldiers pouring cans of petrol into buildings and setting them alight”. At 10 pm. Huston ordered the ambulance from Grattan Street fire station to Dillon’s Cross in case there were casualties from a fire which was raging. (A number of houses in the vicinity of Dillon’s Cross had been set alight by irate British forces). As the ambulance was travelling through Patrick Street the firemen came upon a fire at Grant and Co., a department store at the southern end of Patrick Street. The driver of the ambulance described an encounter they then had – “On reaching the comer of Patrick Street, I, who was driving, saw forty or fifty men walking in a body in the centre of Patrick Street, coming towards us in very mixed dress – some with khaki coats, some with khaki trousers, and some wore glengarry caps”. At 10.30 pm Captain Huston received a report of the fire in Grant’s. He found that ‘the fire had gained considerable headway and the flames were coming through the roof’. The fire brigade was successful in containing this fire. If it had spread to the English Market, which was located to the rear of Grant’s, a major conflagration could have occurred. While the fire in Grant’s was being fought, Captain Huston received word from the town clerk that the Munster Arcade and Cash’s department store were on fire. It was now about 11.30p.m. These two buildings were situated on the eastern side of Patrick Street. All available units of the fire brigade were immediately sent to fight these fires, which were spreading rapidly. Despite the best efforts of the fire brigade, the fires spread to adjoining buildings and caused extensive damage. The blaze in the Munster Arcade spread to the following establishments – Egan’s Jewellers, Sunner’s, Forrest’s, the Dartry Dye Co., Saxone Shoe Co., Burton’s Tailors, Thompson’s and Cudmore’s. The fire from Cash’s spread to the Lee Cinema, Roche’s Stores, Lee Boot Co., Connell & Co., Scully’s, Wolfe’s and O’Sullivan’s. All of these buildings were totally destroyed. Shortly after 3AM, Alan Ellis came upon a unit of the fire brigade pinned down by gunfire near City Hall. The firemen said that they were being shot at by Black and Tans who had broken into the building. They also claimed to have seen uniformed men carrying cans of petrol into the building from nearby Union Quay barracks.. At about 4AM a large explosion was heard and City Hall and the neighbouring Carnegie Library went up in flames, resulting in the loss of many of the city’s public records. When more firefighters arrived, British forces are said to have refused them access to water. In his report to the Lord Mayor, Captain Huston wrote; “I have no hesitation in stating I believe all the above fires were incendiary fires and that a considerable amount of petrol or some such inflammable spirit was used in one and all of them. In some cases explosives were also used and persons were seen to go into and come out… Read more »

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmybee,
Excellent once again, remember though, those soldiers who were setting fires and killing people……..were just puting ” food on their families table”.

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Taken out of context as per usual.
Troll fanny.

Monti
4 years ago

🙂

4 years ago

Cork city burns 1920
Company Auxiliary Charles Schulze, a former British Army Captain who was later conjectured to be one of the main the main organizer of the burning, in research by Jim Herlihy. Herlihy unearthed a Schulze wrote to his girlfriend in England that it was “sweet revenge” while in a letter to his mother he wrote: “Many who had witnessed scenes in France and Flanders say that nothing they had experienced was comparable with the punishment meted out in Cork”. “You will have read all about Cork. Suffice to say I was there and very actively involved to boot until dawn on Sunday. I just escaped the ambush… but later arrived as a reinforcement. We took sweet revenge,” he told Edith. In a letter to his mother, Schulze said: “Houses in the vicinity were set alight and from there various parties set out on their mission of destruction.”

After the fire, K Company was moved to Dunmanway and are said to have began wearing burnt corks in their caps in reference to the burning of the city – I have not been able to substantiate this with for example a photograph of a T/Cadet so attired. . For their part in the arson and looting, K Company was disbanded on 31 March 1921. And Latimer lost his command.

God bless the Cork Brigade !

4 years ago

Ever since the Kilmichael ambush a palpable air of trepidation had hung over the city. Now, following the Dillon’s Cross ambush, the fire brigade was alerted to a number of houses blazing nearby, torched as an official reprisal ‘for failure to give warning of an ambush against the police’. Fire Headquarters transferred the call to the Grattan Street station, which responded under Senior Fireman Timothy Ring. The route they travelled took them through St Patrick’s Street in the city centre, and as they turned into the thoroughfare pandemonium reigned. Alexander Grant and Co., a major up-market department store, which stretched from St Patrick’s Street back to Grand Parade, was blazing, the fire being fuelled by drunken ADRIC members, bristling with ordnance and intent on creating havoc. In view of the seriousness of the fire, with its potential to flare into a conflagration, Ring decided to go at once to the Central Fire Station to apprise Hutson of the situation. The only known photograph of the burning of Cork, taken during the night of 11/12 December 1920. For those watching from the suburbs, outside the curfew zone, the whole skyline was a shifting orange glow. (The American Commission on Conditions in Ireland: Interim Report [1921]) The only known photograph of the burning of Cork, taken during the night of 11/12 December 1920. For those watching from the suburbs, outside the curfew zone, the whole skyline was a shifting orange glow. (The American Commission on Conditions in Ireland: Interim Report [1921]) As the men quickly prepared the horses and equipment, the ever-methodical Hutson had a number of tasks to perform. First, he rang the military at Victoria Barracks and requested them, in view of the enormity of the task facing him in the city centre, to take their fire-fighting appliances to Dillon’s Cross. He later deposed that ‘… they took no notice of my request’. Then he rang the duty engineer at Cork waterworks to ascertain the situation there. Had there been any interference from the auxiliary police or any other quarter? He breathed a sigh of relief when the answer was in the negative. Finally, he looked at his watch. Low tide, he recalled, was at 22 minutes past midnight. Faced with an ebbing tide, he could not depend on the steam fire engine to pump water from the river, but, if required, would have it in place to take full advantage of high water at 6.25 in the morning. It was the period of the new moon, when the tides have the greatest range and strength, and the spring tides would mean that the low tides were very low and the high tides were very high. Hutson knew that the combined capacity of the two city water reservoirs was some four million gallons, supplied by pumping plant including three triple extension engines and a set of water-powered turbines. The ordinary requirements of the population, including industry, were up to four million gallons a day, however, which would mean, in the normal course of events, that if the reservoirs were not replenished both tanks would be empty in just 24 hours. When the great amount of water required for the fire-fighting task was factored in, the fire chief could face the ultimate doomsday scenario of having a city on fire with no water available in the mains to fight it (to say nothing of the havoc that the lack of water would have wreaked amongst the general population). This is why it was important for Hutson to know that it (probably) had not occurred to the ADRIC to disable the pumping station; if it had, the consequences would not bear thinking about. The failure to exploit this weak link in the city’s fire defences gave Cork at least a fighting chance. As the small but intrepid unit, led by their silver-helmeted (and silver-haired!) principal officer, set out on that ‘calm, cool night’ to take on the biggest conflagration in Cork in 300 years, they galloped into a city centre teeming with volatile, drunken veterans of the Western Front armed to the teeth with revolvers, rifles, bayonets, bombs and jerrycans brimming with petrol. For all the firemen knew, a fusillade of bullets might greet them upon arriving in St Patrick’s Street. Pusillanimity, however, did not form any part of their agenda. Triage’ Fire-fighters are used to taking control at an incident, containing the damage, minimising injuries as far as possible, and setting its boundaries. This one, however, was on a scale outside of their collective experience. Multiplying and mutating rapidly, it was unlike anything any of them, including their London-trained and experienced chief, had ever encountered. The brigade was now dealing with the dreaded conflagration, a fire involving a number of buildings. For such a task it was singularly under-equipped, and Hutson had to make the unpalatable decision to ‘triage’: many premises would simply have to be allowed to burn while he did his best to contain the fires within a specified area. As the enormous fires sucked in more and more oxygen to feed their insatiable demands, the paintwork on the opposite side of the wide St Patrick’s Street began to blister. Upon seeing this, the fire chief must have been at his most apprehensive throughout that long night. By 11pm most of the south side of St Patrick’s Street was on fire. The columns of flame now moved further southwards, their unstoppable force feeding greedily on the buildings in Morgan Street, Robert Street, Oliver Plunkett Street (north side), Cook Street, Winthrop Street, Winthrop Lane, Caroline Street, Maylor Street and Merchant’s Street. Twenty of the principal establishments with a footprint on St Patrick’s Street were involved, as well as a further 30 businesses on the side-streets. The total area now on fire was some five acres—an area about the size of three football pitches. For those watching from the suburbs, outside the curfew zone, the whole skyline was a shifting orange glow. Elsewhere across the city, on Grand Parade, Oliver Plunkett… Read more »

Uralius
4 years ago

Fucking heartbreaking shit this.
How can you call 2 young girls suicide bombers? Suicide means they wanted to die.
https://apnews.com/a495e2250c7549e0b2ef0dc9742702a4/2-girl-suicide-bombers-die-in-blasts-near-market-in-Nigeria?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

4 years ago

Well, that aw got a bit political, eh.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Bondibrian

Not at all, just some adults and Charlie Saiz having a wee bit of Craic.
A bit like you and your wife in Amsterdam!

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

You’re on crack Monti.
You have to be with the pish you talk.

mike
4 years ago

Canny deny the facts,political or not,the British rule in all parts of Ireland was to suppress the Democratic will of the Irish people.Brutalality at its heart.
History proves that the British policies enforced by the British army from India to Ireland was an almighty DISASTER to the well being of the indigenouse people.
Long live the DEMOCRATIC will of the people,fuck PC pish.
Freedom of speech YAY.
COYBIG.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  mike

Well said Mike!

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  mike

Nobody is denying it.
In fact the only folk that seem to be in denial are those who can’t seem to comprehend a simple statement that I do not condone ANY wrong doing in Ireland or elsewhere by the Armed Forces or British State.
Decisions taken by aresholes long since gone have created one almighty mess that innocent folk have been left to tidy up as best they can.
Hence why you won’t find me glorifying it.
Murder is murder.
Gods judgement will be final.

Uralius
4 years ago

I thought football was invented to stop the common man discussing religion and politics in pubs.

Monti
4 years ago
Reply to  Uralius

If you don’t like the subject,ignore it.

The Charlie Saiz International
4 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Well Said Seamus O’Monti

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