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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 49 ‘a small bottle of cheap cola’


Others were far less inclined to take part and try as they may by the end of that day Mac and Gilly hadn’t managed to recruit anybody else.Most people agreed in principle with the idea and said that they would do what they thought they could get away with but so ferocious were the boiler-suited louts and so dismal were the conditions that it was all that most people could do to stop themselves from getting a beating.Anyone caught doing anything seemingly untoward would have their food and blankets and any other possessions they might have managed to acquire thrown onto the nearest bonfire. Anyone who tried to intervene in any way would have the same thing happen to him or her.If at the end o...
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 48 ‘I’m sure you will’


Over the days that followed Mac and Gilly started to spread the word of their (partial) rebellion to the other people forced to work in the courtyard.Some, like Doctor Iseult Ó Buachalla, world-renowned author of The Tallowcentric Tradition: History, Uses and Abuses of Ecclesiastical Tapers, Votives and Veladoras (who last time we met had been stuck sobbing on Mac’s bus for three days) didn’t take much persuading.‘I wasn’t at my best the last time you saw me,’ she said to Mac.‘None of us were, Doctor Ó Buachalla,’ smiled Mac.‘No-one will see me like that again,’ she continued. ‘I will make damned sure of that.’‘I’m sure you will, Iseult,’ Mac replied. ‘I’m sure you will.’ Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 47 ‘every name and title’


The two friends struggled through the next day as best they could.It was far too much for them to really rip everything to shreds so they satisfied themselves with pulling out intentionally blank pages, errata and other end pages and then hurling the books to one side. The courtyard was knee-deep in books and papers and pages anyway so they figured that no one would really notice what they were doing.Furthermore, and because both men were eidetic in their recall, Gilly and Mac set about trying to roughly catalogue every book, manuscript and pamphlet they came across.‘The ground will be our new shelves,’ whispered Gilly. ‘We must at least try to remember every name and title we read here.’‘Me...
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 46 ‘confetti at a funeral’


‘You always were the gloomy one,’ teased Gilly as the two men lay down to try and sleep. The bonfires were burning fiercely and ash still fell like confetti at a funeral.Mac and Gilly had been undergraduates together and had remained friends ever since. They even got married on the same day, to the Garritty sisters, Aoibhinn and Sibeal. Whereas Gilly and Aoibhinn had recently celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary, Mac lost Sibeal to a sarcoma in 1973.‘Sleep well, my friend,’ whispered Mac. ‘This is simply the last of it. Nothing more.’It began to rain and the two men pulled a ripped tarpaulin over their heads.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 45 ‘all the other dead stars’


After a backbreaking day of hard work, harsh threats and cheap food Mac, Gilly and the rest of the Rippers settled down for the night in their corner of the courtyard. Bathed in the orange light of the flames and buried in soot, the two men sat beside each other.‘Genius, absolute genius!’ whispered Gilly to Mac. ‘The Pilers pull the books from the lorries. The Rippers tear them to pieces and the Burners put them on the bonfires.’Gilly was one of the world’s leading authorities on feudal labour management. He winced as he tried to get comfortable on the hard ground. ‘This is the truly the end, my dear friend. We cannot get back from here.’Mac agreed. ‘Culture is always the first victim of des...
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 44 ‘Bon bleedin’ appetit’


‘There you are Professor Fancy Words!’ sneered a familiar voice. ‘Feeling better after your little comfort break?’This time Mac didn’t reply. The lout continued.‘It’s high time you and your wordy friend got to work, I think.’The lout pointed at a group of people gathering beside a giant pile of papers.‘You’ve got three hours before breakfast so go and join the rest of the Rippers.’Three hours later a box of stale sandwiches and a crate of cheap fizzy drinks was dumped beside the Rippers.‘You’ve got ten minutes before the next fleet of lorries arrive,’ sneered the lout.‘Bon bleedin’ appetit.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 43 ‘and no mistake’


Mac woke to find Gilly wiping his face with a filthy rag. ‘Where am I?’ he croaked. ‘What happened?’‘They dragged you out at first light and threw you here,’ whispered his terrified friend.Here was a pile of rotting rubbish beside the toilets. Gilly lifted a sooty bottle of fizzy orange liquid to Mac’s lips.‘I saved this for you,’ he whispered. ‘Sip slowly, my friend.’Mac took a sip, winced but took another anyway. Gilly pulled the bottle away.‘Careful, Mac, not too much at once.’Gilly pulled a paper bag from his pocket and handed Mac half a chicken wrap. The chicken was coated in something vaguely crumb-like and lay beside a piece of limp lettuce.Mac chewed in silence for a while and then m...
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 42 ‘after the moment before’


Mac spent two days and nights in the portable toilet.It was dark and the bowl was overflowing. The smell was beyond endurable. Unable to sit on the seat, Mac found himself leaning, half-laying, on the wall.Time crawled like the flies on his face. And when Time crawls it likes to play tricks. Hours become seconds and seconds become infinite.And infinity becomes the moment before the moment that is after the moment before.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 41 ‘A filthy froth’


‘Leave him alone!’ screamed the lout. ‘Leave him alone! How really dare you tell me to leave him alone!’A filthy froth flew from his mouth and spattered Mac.‘We’ll leave you alone,’ screamed the lout.And with that he dragged Mac to one corner of the yard where a line of portable toilets stood waiting. The lout opened the door of the closest one, threw Mac inside and bolted the door behind him. As if this wasn’t quite enough, the lout completed the job by laying a heavy paving slab against the plastic door.‘This is what it feels like to be left alone,’ he screamed through the door.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 40 ‘cheap ale and anger’


Mac stepped forward. ‘Leave him alone,’ he said loudly and firmly.The lout pushed Gilly to the floor and turned to Mac.‘You want some too, do you?’ he snarled.‘What I actually want is for you to leave him alone,’ continued Mac. ‘There is absolutely no need for such malevolence!’Gilly lay cowering on the floor.‘Please don’t, Mac,’ he croaked but it was too late.‘No need for absolutely such what?’ spat the lout. ‘Your fancy words won’t help you now.’He grabbed Mac by his collar. The lout’s breath reeked of cheap ale and anger. Mac stood as tall as he still could.‘I am simply asking you to leave the poor man alone,’ he repeated defiantly. The lout seemed momentarily stunned by the fact that Mac...
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 39 ‘airs and jigs and graces’


As the crowds toiled and laboured in the orange glare of the bonfires an enormous PA system played a medley of nostalgic tunes about the ‘auld’ times and the countryside; airs and jigs and graces that spoke of a life not like this one, a life more tranquil, a life back then.The irony of the situation was not lost on Mac.Boiler-suited bullies roamed the yard, shoving and forcing, using a fist here and a cudgel there if necessary.‘Work!’ they shouted.‘Faster!’‘Harder!’‘Better!’A particularly brutish lout barged past Mac to grab an old man by the collar. ‘You helped write this rotten stinking stuff,’ he screamed, ‘now get on with destroying it!’The man looked terrified. It was Gilly.Original li...
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 38 ‘Everything was orange’


It was a frenetic few minutes for Mac and the others being processed, for that is what was happening.Forced to stand in front of a table, Mac was asked to confirm his name, had his photograph taken and then was roughly led in line to the central courtyard. And what a sight awaited him.Hundreds of elderly men and women dressed in rags and covered in soot were pulling books and manuscripts from the back of trucks and piling them up. Others set about the piles, ripping and shredding and tearing with their bare hands, filling barrows and then wheeling them towards enormous bonfires that crackled and spat in the half-light.Here more ragged people threw the paper onto the flames. Everything was or...
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 37 ‘the Player Wills Factory’


As he stumbled down from the bus and into the drizzly evening Mac instantly recognized where he was, the old Player Wills Factory.Built in 1935, the factory had once been a thriving source of employment for the city, complete with its own theatre. It remained in use until 2005. Now derelict, the factory was popular with film crews and anyone else wanting to add a bit of urban decay to their art.The bus had stopped at the South Circular Road entrance and Mac joined the rest of the passengers now queuing at the guard hut.On both sides of the passengers leered and loomed blue boiler-suited men and women.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 36 ‘the end of the line’


The arm of the seat digging into his side, the person sobbing next to him and the fear he was still feeling, made it difficult for Mac to get comfortable but as the journey continued the drone of the bus and its motion caused Mac to finally fall into a fitful sleep.He was half-awake when the bus stopped twice more and more unwilling passengers were forced down the back but quickly fell back to sleep.‘Wake up, Sleepy Head,’ said the same sneering voice as a strong flashlight was pointed straight in his eyes. ‘This is the end of the line for all of you.’Mac felt himself being pulled upright and then shoved towards the front of the bus.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 35 ‘the fact of this approximation’


It is sometimes fun to be taken somewhere and not know where you are going. There is something magical about the mystery. Supposedly.But not always and certainly not this time.Mac tried to look out the windows but couldn’t see a thing. The sound of the engine was so loud that he couldn’t really hear anything either.Mac tried to focus on the time he thought they were taking. He tried counting the seconds in his head as he couldn’t see his watch in the darkness but nothing he did could ever be precise and so the fact of this approximation only served to further fuel his fear.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 34 ‘Writing. Thinking. Reading.’


‘We want shot of the lot of you!’ sneered the voice. ‘You lot and your reading and writing and thinking.’If ignorance and distrust has a voice (which it so clearly does) then it would sound just like this one.Mac listened in stunned silence as the rant continued.‘Culture means nothing to us anymore. Nothing, I tell you. The Past is just a place where you stupid people live. Writing. Thinking. Reading.’The voice’s face came very close to Mac now.‘We’re turning back Time, saving the country from the likes of you and your band of boring biddies.’ The voice was so angry now that Mac’s neighbour renewed her sobbing.‘Now, not another word out of anyone until we get there,’ it yelled.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 33 ‘not another peep’


The inside of the bus was very dark.Mac could barely make out the seats in front of him.‘Sit down, Grandpa,’ said a rough voice and Mac was pushed onto the closest seat. ‘Not another peep out of you.’In the seat beside him someone sat sobbing quietly.‘I’ve been here for three days now,’ she whispered. ‘Some of us have been here even longer.’‘Quiet!’ said the voice. ‘I thought I said no talking.’But Mac just didn’t understand.‘Who are you?’ he shouted. ‘What do you want with us?’‘What do we want?’ mocked the voice. ‘What do we want?’Mac heard a laugh.‘I’ll tell you what we want.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 32 ‘a slight detour’


‘Are you waiting for this bus?’ asked the boiler-suited man later the next day.‘No thank you,’ replied Mac. ‘I only live close by and don’t have far to go.’‘Come on,’ continued the man. ‘We can take you where you need to be.’‘But I don’t need to be anywhere,’ said the now flustered Mac. ‘Only home.’‘All in good time,’ said the man as he used his shoulder to force Mac onto the bus.‘We just need to make a slight detour.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 31 ‘oil spills on the filthy floodwater’


Stories began to circulate like oil spills on the filthy floodwater. People disappearing. Not coming home. Old people. Pensioners. Grand parents. Long-loved relatives. Anyone now officially ‘excluded.’At first these disappearances were happening elsewhere but when the wife of his old friend (and fellow Fellow) Professor Giollaiosa Ó Ruairc phoned to tell him that Gilly, as he was known, had been missing for three days Mac really began to worry.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 30 ‘Raze the past and reset’


What could Mac say? He knew where this was all going but what could he do?Emergency Order CBI341 excluded him from taking part and this was what alarmed him the most. Overnight the country became divided between those involved and everyone else. Mac was now part of the ‘everyone else.’Mac received a letter in the post, confirming the fact that as ‘a reward for all you have already done for your country a grateful nation now exempts you from having to take part in Operation TurnBack.’The letter made everything sound so plausible but Mac knew the true purpose of Operation TurnBack.‘This is how civilizations are loosed from their footings’, he said to himself. ‘Raze the past and reset.’‘Everyon...
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