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Richard Harris well versed in Irish peace – archive, 30 August 1972


30 August 1972: Actor releases record of poem promoting peace as he thinks politicians have tried and failed

Mr Richard Harris, the actor, greatly publicised until recently as a hell-raising brawler, yesterday put himself forward as a disciple of peace. He called a press conference in his office 12 floors up above the Thames to launch his new 7-inch record containing a message of peace for Northern Ireland, in the course of which he pushed his forefinger at the chest of one importunate and partial questioner (another Irishman) and said “It is f...ing thinking like yours that keeps getting people shot.”

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I watch you share your silver;
Your purse rich in hate
Bleeds my veins of love
Shattering my bone
In the dust of the Bogside
and the Shankill Road.

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