HEREAS it appears to me, on the recommendation of the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, that for securing the preservation of the peace and the maintenance of the order in Northern Ireland, it is expedient that PAT McGUIGAN, SONGWRITER who is suspected of having acted or being about to act in a manner prejudicial to the preservation of the peace and the maintenance of order in Northern Ireland, should be interned.
NOW I, THE RIGHT HONOURABLE BRIAN FAULKNER, Minister of Home Affairs for Northern Ireland, by virtue of the powers invested in me by the Civil Authorities (Special Powers) Act (Northern Ireland) 1922, and the Regulations made thereunder, and of all other powers me thereunto enabling, DO HEREBY ORDER the said PAT McGUIGAN forthwith to be interned in MAGILLIGAN CAMP and to be subject to all the rules and restrictions applicable to persons there interned, and to be kept interned there until further order.
If the said PAT McGUIGAN desires to make any representations against this Order of Internment he may, after a copy of this Order is served on him, hand in a statement of such representations to the official in charge where he is interned, and that official shall forthwith forward such representations to the Advisory Committee specially appointed for the purposes of Regulation 12 of the said Regulations/which is presided over by a person who holds or has held high judicial office, or is a Recorder of County Court Judge, or a practising barrister of at least ten years' standing/for the due consideration of such representations by that Committee.
Dated this 16th day of JANUARY, 1972
MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
This record has been made from tapes, which were recorded and smuggled out of "Long Kesh" Britain's largest interment camp in Northern Ireland.
The Artistes are among the best in Ireland. Not only that but week after week they have given their services free in order to raise funds to help the dependants of those so unjustly imprisoned.
The Concert took place in a corrugated iron hut. The 'captive' audience numbered over one hundred. At the time of the recording they had already been interned for some months but their wonderful spirit—that unconquered and unconquerable spirit of the Irish people— can be heard in their laughter, in their applause and in their magnificent rendering of "The Boys of The Old Brigade"—the Internees Anthem. It is this spirit prevailing through the recording which makes this record unique.
Now lean back, close your eyes, picture in your mind a 'nissen' hut packed with some of Ireland's finest sons—as young as 17—as old as 75. This was the first break in their solitude. The Artistes are welcomed with such fervor. The atmosphere is electric with emotion—for Artistes as well as audience. The concert begins…
The Civil Authorities (Special Powers) Act (Northern Ireland) 1922.
This is the measure which involves the United Kingdom derogating from the obligations imposed by the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Over 1,000 people are now detained or interned in Northern Ireland without charge or trial under authority of this legislation.
All proceeds of this record are donated for relief work to the Tyrone Co-ordinating Relief Committee.
"If you want PEACE, you must first strive for JUSTICE."
POPE PAUL VI