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1973 Making the News in the Chronicle

the New Year. An explosive device placed inside the building, previously targeted by firebombers, caused substantial damage. All the windows were smashed and a large hole was left in the expensive ballroom floor.


Tere was a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours List for senior Newtownards fireman Robert Allen, of South Street. A plumber by trade, he held the position of Station Officer, having joined the Fire Brigade in 1938, when preparations were already under way for the outbreak of war.

Kearney Farm, covering 289 acres and located on the coast road between Cloughey and Portaferry, was sold for £150,000 to Dunleath Estates in early January.

Many shops and factories in Newtownards closed their doors on 7 February after calls were made for a province-wide strike by the United Loyalist Council. Te new umbrella organisation had been angered by the internment without trial of two Protestants by the Direct Rule authorities.

Substantial damage was caused to the interior of St Mary’s Primary School in Comber after a 10lb bomb exploded beside the front door on 7 February. Part of a wall was demolished by the force of the blast. Although no warning was given by those responsible, there were no injuries.


he three-year-old McKenna Community Centre, which was run by Ballycran GAA Club near Kircubbin, was targeted by bombers within the first hour of

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