Hi, I'm a student with an interest in Irish history, particularly the events of the Troubles. My interest in history also mixes with my interest in film and writing. As I have a bit more free time during this Corona virus lock down, I finally have the opportunity to research more into the events of the Dublin and Monaghan bombing, and start writing a novel/screenplay based around the events. Again, I am just a student, and I am simply doing this as a sort of personal project. There is absolutely no guarantee that this novel/ screenplay ever gets fully written, I'm simply just being creative with this spare time.
My piece is set specifically in 1974, and around the events of the Dublin and Monaghan Bombing, however I am concentrating on County Monaghan. I was hoping that if anyone reading this had any information on the bomb that went off in Monaghan Town, such as eye witness accounts, documents or photos. I would also appreciate if anybody who lived in Monaghan during the 1970's could tell me what life was like? Were there British soldiers in County Monaghan? Did you ever experience any frightening encounters with soldiers or witnessed IRA/Loyalist activity in Monaghan Town? Was there ever any tensions between Monaghan civilians and British soldiers? What were teens/children like? I'm really curious to know what life was like during such a tense and devastating time.