Simple Minds – Belfast Child

The Remembrance Day Bombing, also known as the Poppy Day Massacre, and the Enniskillen Bombing, in 1987, wrought 11 deaths and many more injuries. This was from a bomb of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

Simple Minds’ writer Jim Kerr was saddened by viewing images of the destruction, which may have been worse than the perpetrators intended. In this vein, the event is widely thought to have given the IRA pause to their actions, part of a larger conflict going back a few decades, known as The Troubles. The overall aim of the IRA has been to separate Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom.

A related song is Zombie, by the Cranberries.

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