The IRA & the Bomb that changed Manchester @ Foundation Coffee House, Manchester [19 June]

The IRA & the Bomb that changed Manchester

19:30 - 21:30

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Foundation Coffee House
Sevendale House, Lever Street, M1 1JF Manchester, United Kingdom
Venue: Foundation Coffee House, Northern Quarter
Doors: 7.30 pm / Talk starts: 8pm.

When the 20th anniversary of the IRA's devastating attack on Manchester was marked in 2016, it appeared to have become generally accepted that their bomb — the biggest ever detonated on the British mainland in peacetime — was the game-changer that triggered the renaissance of the city.

Ray King, who was there at the time and reported on the aftermath, believes that version of history is tantamount to crediting the terrorists who wounded 200 people and all but destroying the city's commercial heart somehow did Manchester a favour. Nothing could be further from the truth.

So who were the bombers? What happened to them. And more importantly what had already changed in Manchester to enable the city to recover so well from what was, in reality, a disaster?

I LOVE MANCHESTER: Out of chaos came creativity. I Love MCR® was born from strength of community during dark times. It’s become a symbol of many things including resilience, defiance and civic pride. It’s our duty to harness the energy of people and it’s our responsibility to mobilise people in communities. We come together as one and we will not be divided. Our heart's in the right place. Manchester.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.


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