(Fanfare.) It gives me great pleasure to present the next entry in the The Day I Met… competition. Here’s a taster:
I rushed through to the front to see two more extremely large “boys” wearing trench coats in a heat wave stood at the front with a third man. In trying to evacuate the premises, I nearly evacuated something else. The three at the front were close together. A shotgun with some fine buckshot might take all three out and then a run like buggery down the fields across the stream and don’t stop until I hit Larne and the boat to the mainland. It is amazing what goes through your mind when you believe you are about to be kidnapped!
The story continues below. This entry comes from… Actually I can’t tell you his name. (At least I think it’s a him.) Because he is keeping his true identity a secret. He writes about dodgy goings on in the police and the criminal justice system under the pseudynom Noble Cause Corruption. He’s a serving police officer in the UK, so I guess he might get into trouble were his anonymity to be breached.
So when I tell you that I don’t know who NCC is – it’s true. I really don’t. But I feel I do have an insight into his character after reading his story. Last Wednesday’s Telly Savalas story was funny with a whiff of danger. This one involves a much higher risk. It’s set in Northern Ireland where an imperfect peace is officially in progress – though not everyone seems to have read the ceasefire memo.
The celeb in the title is Gerry Adams. He’s been called various things in his time – barman, prolific author, statesman, Grizzly Adams (because of the beard), peacemaker, murderer, apologist for murder, hero, terrorist, freedom fighter, the defendant, MP, TD (Irish MP), President of Sinn Fein, shooting victim, censorship victim/beneficiary, internee, IRA leader (which, farcically, he still denies), sellout (by the likes of The Pensive Quill) and tiocfaidh armani. So over to Noble Cause Corruption and his story of…
The Day I Met… Gerry Adams
As a serving police officer and Police Detective on the mainland [Britain] I have had some limited difficulties maintaining a degree of anonymity in respect of my employment, particularly as all my family are from the area around Warrenpoint, Newry and Rostrevor [in Northern Ireland]. I know from your blog that you are likely to be familiar with the notoriety of this region of one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
To further stick my neck out (identity wise) I am related to the, now deceased, Rostrevor farmer who donated some of his land to the Benedictine monks from that region who have subsequently built a monastery on the site. Apparently, so I have been told, this is the first monastery in Northern Ireland for 1000 years!
When the monastery was opened there were papal emissaries, high level dignitaries from the Church of Ireland, Church of England, local and regional government as well as most of the local village attending the function. It was widely reported in the press, all of which seems to have been delivered to my house for storage. When the party was over and everyone had gone home leaving the monks performing their monkly duties I was over speaking with my relative. It was about a week later.
My relative’s farm is quite remote but I have never had any problem during my time in the local village or surrounding area. I am aware of some of the local activists, with time served convictions, but they think I am employed as something other than what I actually do. I employ a well rehearsed cover story which I can back up if necessary.
Imagine how I felt when, in the middle of one afternoon, I became aware of two very large “boys” outside the back door of the farm. I rushed through to the front to see two more extremely large “boys” wearing trench coats in a heat wave stood at the front with a third man. In trying to evacuate the premises, I nearly evacuated something else. The three at the front were close together. A shotgun with some fine buckshot might take all three out and then a run like buggery down the fields across the stream and don’t stop until I hit Larne and the boat to the mainland. It is amazing what goes through your mind when you believe you are about to be kidnapped!
I watched from behind my twitching curtain, trying to stabilise my twitching left leg, as one of them began walking towards the door and knocked; quite politely as well. My relative tentatively went to the door after first checking on me. Would the IRA check under the bed if they were coming for me?
Then I thought about it some more. They wouldn’t knock on the door in the middle of the afternoon if they were up to bad business, surely.
The next few minutes were surreal. My relative came into the room and told me that he had invited the visitors in and that he thought I should come and meet them. I asked him who they were and he said they were who I thought they were, but that I should come and see them anyway. Tentatively, I walked into his parlour and met Gerry Adams and his team.
He had come to congratulate my relative on his generosity and commitment to society due to his land donation to the monks and also to have a cup of tea and a couple of ham sandwiches and cake.
To be perfectly honest, it was a pleasant hour of general chit-chat or so before he left. He was not the man I expected him to be although I cannot say what I really expected. Two of his entourage, however, I would trust with a bargepole. ( I know that isn’t a valid analogy but you can put your own in!!).
So, Gerry and several other (probable) IRA men, unknown to them, met a serving police detective and had a bit of tea and cake, after which, I went and changed my underpants!
Hee hee. And thanks for sharing that last nugget of information. It’s true that Gerry Adams can be very charming indeed. He has written some good books too. But many of the other stories of encounters with him and his colleagues are… chilling.
For anyone bridling at the use of the term mainland for Great Britain in relation to Ireland, I’m afraid that part of the deal with these guest posts is that they are published pretty much as they come. (I suspect I’m refusing to apologise only to myself. Doubt anyone else cares.) Anyway, next time you’re in the province of England, be sure to tell people you’re off to the mainland whenever you travel to anywhere in continental Europe.
So thanks very much to Noble Cause Corruption for bringing some us some excitement. Just think, if there had been a shotgun handy, the history of Ireland might be quite different. (Which would be awful, given how absolutely perfect it is now. And obviously shooting people is generally speaking a bad thing.)
NCC is not getting a prize as of the time of writing this – because his secrecy precludes it. Which means there’s more left for the rest of you. The next entry in the The Day I Met… competition is same place, same day next week – i.e. Wednesday 21st September. And next week, the right-on reputation of a well-known musician is tarnished. Oh dear. He’s one of my favourites.
Of course you can come back here before next Wednesday. Meanwhile, if you want to enter – and who wouldn’t having read NCC’s story – the details of how to are here. Ah go on.