Narrow Water Castle, Warrenpoint, County Down, North of Ireland
About 40 years ago my Great Grandfather, Joe Fee, (a veteran who, during the World War One went ‘over the top’ twice with the Royal Inniskiling Fusiliers at Ypres, suffering a bullet in the liver the second time survived, and lived with the bullet in his liver until he was 89) painted this castle in oils from a point about 50 yards to the left of this picture. He painted four and gave one each to a member of my family, one of which still hangs in my house. As its remembrance day I thought I would, on my way back from Dublin, stop off and take a few shots of this place.
In August 1979, about 200 yards to the left of the view in this picture, a convoy of British Army vehicles was passing on the road behind where I took the picture, when an 800lb bomb exploded killing 18 soldiers, 16 of the Parachute Regiment, 2 of the Queen’s Own Highlanders. The bomb, concealed in a hay truck at the side of the road, was set off by the IRA who were waiting on the other side of the river that runs in front of the castle. Across the river is the Republic of Ireland, from where they set the bomb off. A garden to the left of the picture is the memorial to these soldiers, who should be remembered at this time of year. I’m Irish, they were British occupying what I believe is Ireland, but they were killed by cowardly terrorists and no matter their nationality those British soldiers deserve our thanks, our prayers and above all, our remembrance.