THE NEWLODGE MILKMAN

The morning after Hunger Striker Vol. Bobby Sands MP dies in the Long Kesh Prison, Newlodge milkman Eric Guiney aged 45 from the protestant Rathcoole area had his milk float attacked by strone throwers, Erics son Desmond aged 14 was also in the milk float at the time, Eric had been given Desmond a lift to the bus stop before being attacked at the junction of The Newlodge Road and Antrim Road, Erics milk float then crashed into a lamp post and the stone throwers continued the attack, even as the ambulance workers had been trying to resuce them from the wreckage.

Desmond died as a result of his injures, and his father Eric died the day after he was buried. Desmond was the first official victim of violence triggered by the death of hunger striker Bobby Sands.

News Coverage of the milkmans attack