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    'The First Bomb in Coleraine', by June Gamble. (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)
    'The First Bomb in Coleraine', by June Gamble. (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)


    Title of Textile:The First Bomb in Coleraine
    Maker: June Gamble, Focus on Families, Ballysally, Coleraine
    Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
    Year Produced: 2013
    Size (cm): 30cm x 50cm
    Materials: A mixture of natural and man made fabrics on a natural fabric backing
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    June recalls being at work in the shirt factory on Ballycastle Road, when the car bomb planted by the IRA exploded on Railway Road, Coleraine on June 12th 1973, killing six Protestant civilians. In this arpillera, we see her making the journey home with her sister, detouring to avoid the town centre.

    Owner: Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Collection
    Location: Coleraine Museum, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Deborah Stockdale

    Textile exhibited at: Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 2, 13/04/2013 - 29/06/2013
    Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles exhibition II, 6/12/2013 - 22/02/2014

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