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Over The Wall (The Crumlin Kangaroos)

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The Crumlin Road Jail in Belfast, locally better known as The Crum, which is closed at the moment, has been notorious during The Troubles by British soldiers and Republicans in Northern Ireland alike.

It was also a prison with some spectacular escapes and the song Over The Wall tells the story of the so-called Kangaroo Escape which occurred in November 1971 when nine prisoners, Bernard Elliman, Eugene Fanning, Seamus Storey, Terence Clarke, Danny Mulan,Christopher Keenan, Peter Hennesey, Thomas Kane and Thomas Fox, simply climbed over the wall while the wardens watched a football match.
The wardens and Department of Justice were left embarrassed because the escape was done with such ease and, what's more, the Kangaroo Escape occurred just three months after the likewise classic escape of James McCann who escaped in the night after loosing the bars of his window. Much to the amusement of the general public a mere two weeks after the escape Martin Meehan, Martin Dutch Doherty and Hugh McCann managed to climbed over Crum's walls. For a brief moment Crumlin Jail was a source of jokes and satire.

The Crumlin Road Jail is also subject in the Irish Republican Jail Song.

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In Crumlin Road Jail hall the prisoners one day
Took out a football and started to play
And while all the warders were watching the ball
Nine of the prisoners jumped over the wall

Over the wall, over the wall
Who could believe they jumped over the wall
Over the wall, over the wall
It's hard to believe they jumped over the wall

Now the warders looked on with the greatest surprise
And the sight that they saw brought the tears to their eyes
For one of the teams was not there at all
They all got transferred and jumped over the wall

Over the wall, over the wall
Who could believe they jumped over the wall
Over the wall, over the wall
It's hard to believe they jumped over the wall

Now the governor's came down with his face in a twist
Said, "Line up these lads while I check out me list"
But nine of the lads didn't answer the call
And the warder said," Please, sir they're over the wall."

Over the wall, over the wall
Who could believe they jumped over the wall
Over the wall, over the wall
It's hard to believe they jumped over the wall

The security forces were shook to the core
So they barred every window and bolted each door
But all of their precautions were no use at all
For another three prisoners jumped over the wall

Over the wall, over the wall
Who could believe they jumped over the wall
Over the wall, over the wall
It's hard to believe they jumped over the wall

When the news reached old Stormont Faulkner turned pale
When he heard that more men had escaped from his jail.
Said he, "Now we'll have an enquiry to call
And we'll get Edmund Compton to whitewash the wall."

Over the wall, over the wall
Who could believe they jumped over the wall
Over the wall, over the wall
It's hard to believe they jumped over the wall

inviata da DonQuijote82 - 9/4/2011 - 11:30


Benchè la prigione di Crumlin Road a Belfast – detta “The Crum” – fosse considerata l’Alcatraz dell’Ulster, furono molte le evasioni clamorose nel corso della sua storia, la prima nel 1866, 20 anni dopo la sua apertura, e l’ultima nel 1981, 15 anni prima della sua definitiva chiusura.
Quasi tutte le evasioni ebbero come protagonisti prigionieri repubblicani, considerata la loro particolare concentrazione dietro quelle mura.



La più clamorosa di tutte fu certo la cosiddetta “M60 Squad Escape” del 1981 – mentre a Long Kesh era in corso l’hunger strike di Bobby Sands e compagni - quando 8 prigionieri, 7 dei quali membri di un gruppo di fuoco dell’IRA noto per l’uso di mitragliatori modello M60, riuscirono a fuggire armi in pugno, non senza aver ingaggiato una violenta sparatoria con le guardie e gli agenti della Royal Ulster Constabulary.



Ma questa “Over The Wall” racconta di una clamorosa evasione di 10 anni prima che ricorda un po’ la trama di “Escape To Victory”, il celeberrimo film diretto da John Huston nel 1981, quello che vedeva nel cast stellare pure Edson Arantes do Nascimento, in arte Pelé. Infatti, quel 17 novembre 1971, mentre nel cortile della Crumlin Road Gaol si teneva una partita di calcio, 9 prigionieri repubblicani riuscirono a superare l’alto muro di cinta con delle scale di corda e poi, tagliata l’ultima recinzione, guadagnarono la libertà, meritandosi il soprannome di “Canguri di Crumlin”…

Bernart Bartleby - 12/8/2014 - 11:30



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