RTE Liveline listeners had been left fuming by a crossword clue on this Sunday’s New York Times.
The crossword insensitively referenced the battle in Northern Ireland with the phrase “car bomb” being a solution to a query in reference to a cocktail.
The clue for the reply was “Irish” adopted by a clean house and “cocktail served on St Paddy’s Day”.
Alice O’Brien had misplaced her sister, brother-in-law and two nieces within the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan Bombings.
She rang Joe Duffy to complain: “I think it’s a disgrace. It’s hard enough to take but then when you’re reading through a crossword and they put in this drink called a car bomb, it’s an absolute disgrace.”
An Irish Car Bomb cocktail is a drink normally ordered within the United States on Paddy’s Day.
The drink consists of half a pint of Guinness, with a shot glass with Jameson and Baileys dropped in.
But many bar employees refuse to serve the drink because it’s a direct reference to the Troubles in Ireland.
Frank Gillespie, a pub proprietor in Boston mentioned: “I used to be a bit shocked by it.
“I never served it but I’m very aware of it…It’s a thing with a lot of the young crowd and I suppose a lot of the younger crowd that I see here doing it are probably not aware of the situation.”
Duffy himself weighed in on this controversial title and mentioned: “Calling it the Irish Car Bomb reminds people that the car bomb was almost unique to the Irish conflict, used initially by the IRA then used by the UVF/British collaborators or whatever.
“You don’t have to go a week when there’s not a family, including Alice’s family there, remembering somebody who was killed in a car bomb but did no one ever say why is it called an Irish Car Bomb?”
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