A contemporary comrade of the late Martin Meehan, Skeet had received a life sentence upon conviction for a 1975 IRA attack on the Shankill Road’s Bayardo Bar. The IRA denied the attack as was customary at the time but no one believed it. Nobody in Crumlin Road Prison, where I first met him, regarded Skeet as a member of the North Belfast Catholic Reaction Force. He was IRA to his bones.
It was an overcast June morning. I had turned 21 two days earlier and could feel the knot of tension in my midriff as I prepared to leave Cage 11 for a court appearance at the appeal Court near Belfast City Centre, Few were up out of bed, but one of those who were was the inimitable Skeet.