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Tartan Gangs and Paramilitaries: The Loyalist Backlash

Gareth Mulvenna


Tartan Gangs and Paramilitaries is a new oral history of the loyalist backlash of the early 1970s in Northern Ireland. In the violent maelstrom of Belfast in 1971 and 1972 many young members of loyalist youth gangs known as ‘Tartans’ converged with fledgling paramilitary groups such as the Red Hand Commando, Ulster Volunteer Force and Young Citizen Volunteers. This fresh account focuses on the manner in which the loyalist community in Belfast reacted to an increasingly vicious Provisional IRA campaign and explores the violent role that young loyalist men played in the period from 1970 – 1975. ... More

Keywords: Northern Ireland, Loyalism, Youth subcultures, Paramilitarism, Political violence, Red Hand Commando, Ulster Volunteer Force, Young Citizen Volunteers, Ulster Defence Association, Tartan gangs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781781383261
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781383261.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gareth Mulvenna, author