Thursday, March 24, 2011
Northern Irish Clowns Attack
What is the source of this poster's twisted concept?
A man has been assaulted by two men wearing clown masks in Donaghadee, a small town (population about 6,500) in County Down, Northern Ireland. The town lies on the northeast coast of the Ards Peninsula, about 18 miles (29 km) east of Belfast and about six miles (10 km) south east of Bangor.
At about 8 PM local time (2000 GMT) on Tuesday, 22 March 2011 (i.e. 22-3-11 in the UK), two men with baseball bats called to a flat in Barnagh Grove and assaulted the 42-year-old who lives there. The man's arm was broken and he suffered other injuries. He was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to the BBC.
Police said the attackers were wearing "clown-type masks" and black clothing.
Donaghadee is known as a significant site from the Irish Rebellion of 1798. On the morning of Pike Sunday, June 10, 1798, a force of United Irishmen (a guerilla force, not unlike the revolutionaries contemporary in America and France), mainly from Bangor, Donaghadee, Greyabbey and Ballywalter, Ireland, attempted to occupy the town of Newtownards. They met with musket fire from the market house and were defeated.
A question for the Irish readers: What is "Pike Sunday"?