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21-08-2014, 10:34   #16
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I remember reading a report some years ago(no link) in a Sunday paper that his body was taken to a nearby meat factory and put through the mincer. Not a very nice thought.
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21-08-2014, 12:20   #17
 
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AS ever with Northern Ireland 2 + 2 = 5

From reading about him , I reckon more Walter Mitty than super SAS agent, to go to a rural pub pretending to be Irish.
A complete walter that fancied playing secret agent / pub entertainer / man about town, fed on a diet of two many WWII comics, and who got very quickly exposed.
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I remember reading a report some years ago(no link) in a Sunday paper that his body was taken to a nearby meat factory and put through the mincer. Not a very nice thought.
The burgers and sausages sold very well in the chippers of Newry and Dundalk
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A complete walter that fancied playing secret agent / pub entertainer / man about town, fed on a diet of two many WWII comics, and who got very quickly exposed.
he did four tours in NI so he must have convinced a few people.
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he did four tours in NI so he must have convinced a few people.
He didn't do 4 tours of the pubs in Armagh. Outside the barracks is a very different world.
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He didn't do 4 tours of the pubs in Armagh. Outside the barracks is a very different world.
his first tour was with the grenadier guards but the three subsequent were with military intelligence.
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military intelligence.
now there's a classic contradiction in terms if ever there was one

An sas officer singing in pubs in armagh is not very itelligent
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now there's a classic contradiction in terms if ever there was one
a unique observation indeed.

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An sas officer singing in pubs in armagh is not very itelligent
he wasnt an sas officer.
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I remember reading a report some years ago(no link) in a Sunday paper that his body was taken to a nearby meat factory and put through the mincer. Not a very nice thought.
That suggestion comes from a rumour the provo Eamon Collins heard and later published in his book. Some years later it was denied. I don't anyone knows if it is true. A lot of internal information in IRA circles was just rumours and often is highly inaccurate.
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The burgers and sausages sold very well in the chippers of Newry and Dundalk
Nice.
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27-08-2014, 12:37   #26
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We will never know for sure what Nairac's role really was unless a file exists somewhere in British miliitary intelligence archives.
The politicians, generals and spymasters who ran British operations in Northern Ireland and pulled the strings are mostly dead now or are old men who will feign senility if they are ever asked about Nairac if they are not actually senile by now.
Most of the loyalists who worked with Nairac are also dead.
Nairac and activities will probably remain murky.
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27-08-2014, 12:54   #27
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Like those on the other side it's easy to create myths about Nairac. We will never know his purpose/role with the British Army. The rumour about the meat factory is just that, a rumour, convenient because of the presence of a meat factory in Ravensdale. More than likely buried in the Cooleys and those who buried him are dead as well.
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You have to wonder how someone with a crisp English accent thought they could get away with going in to republican pubs.
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28-08-2014, 12:43   #29
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Apparently, the late Capt Nairac was a gifted mimic, and able to replicate with some degree of plausability the various accents of the locale in which he was operating.

However, from my own experience of Northern Ireland, the local 'ear' is very finely tuned to even the slightest nuances of accent, from one end of a town mainstreet to the other, and this may have contributed to his eventual downfall.

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How will he be remembered?

Probably in this little couplet, designed to illustrate the subtleties of the Belfast accent. (It only rhymes if you speak Bolfost.)

Captain Nairac was a spy
Where's Captain Nairac now?
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