Paddy McGuigan

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Patrick Joseph "Paddy Joe" McGuigan (8 December 1939 – 17 March 2014) was an Irish musician who played for some years with the folk group The Barleycorn. He has written some Irish rebel songs, including "The Men Behind the Wire", "The Boys of the Old Brigade", "Irish Soldier Laddie", "Freedom Walk" and "Bring Them Home".

McGuigan, a native of Belfast, wrote "The Men Behind the Wire" in the aftermath of internment[1][2] in Northern Ireland. The song describes raids by British soldiers, and the "men behind the wire" refers to those held without charge or trial at Long Kesh prison camp,[2] Magilligan prison camp and on board the Maidstone Prison Ship.[3][4][5] McGuigan himself was picked up in a later round of internment.[4]

McGuigan released his only solo album with Dolphin Records (DOLM 5012) in 1975, My Country, My Songs and Me.[6] Along with Dermot O'Brien, he also produced the album, The Price Of Justice,[7] featuring Kathleen Largey of the Flying Column Music Group.

McGuigan died on 17 March 2014 following a short illness.


  1. ^ "'Thoughtless' Dido criticised over IRA rebel song on new album". 6 December 2008. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  2. ^ a b Lindo, Natalie (11 December 2008). "Dido slammed for republican riff". BBC News. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  3. ^ [1] Archived March 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b John McGuffin. "J. McGuffin (1973): Internment - Chapter 8". Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
  6. ^ "My Country, My Songs and Me (1975)". Archived from the original on 12 September 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Kathleen Largey - The Price Of Justice (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Retrieved 19 March 2014.

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