Book cover of There Will Be Fire: Margaret Thatcher, the IRA, and Two Minutes That Changed History by Rory Carrollby Rory Carroll

A race-against-the-clock narrative that finally illuminates a history-changing event: the IRA’s attempt to assassinate Margaret Thatcher and the epic manhunt that followed.

    A bomb planted by the Irish Republican Army exploded at 2:54 a.m. on October 12, 1984. It was the last day of the Conservative Party Conference at the Grand Hotel in the coastal town of Brighton, England. Rooms were obliterated, dozens of people wounded, five killed. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in her suite when the explosion occurred; had she been just a few feet in another direction, flying tiles and masonry would have sliced her to ribbons. As it was, she survived—and history changed.

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209. Rory Carroll
7/2/23           63 min

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Interview with Rory Carroll – THERE WILL BE FIRE
4/16/23           40 min



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