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Rory Gallagher: The Flannel Banshee Breaks Out!

Bill Holdship, Creem, July 1984

SIX I.R.A. BOMBS went off in Belfast the day of Rory Gallagher's second sold-out show at Ulster Hall, including one in the middle of the city's main shopping center. Add to this the numerous bomb threats and the explosive dismantled beneath the car of a newly-appointed Irish high court judge, and you realize that – although it's truly a beautiful country – Ireland isn't exactly the safest place to visit these days.

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