Bloody Sunday, also known as the Bogside Massacre, was a key event in Irish-British relations and marked the start of what would later be known as the Troubles. During a supposedly peaceful demonstration in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 13 civilians, the majority of whom were younger than 20 years old, were shot and killed by the British Parachute Regiment. This bloody attack set off a wave of violence between Protestants and Catholics that continued for almost 30 years. In just 50 minutes, you will find out how this event shaped Ireland for decades to come and understand its profound influence on Irish nationalism.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the events of Bloody Sunday and the inquiry that followed. It also features a full introduction to the Troubles, a valuable explanation of the political, social and religious context and an evaluation of the impact of the violence, giving you all the essential information about this brutal episode in the Northern Ireland conflict.
About Bloody Sunday
On 30 January 1972, peaceful demonstrators were fired on by soldiers from the British Parachute Regiment, who were supposed to be there to monitor the protest and, ironically, prevent violence. 13 of the demonstrators were killed on the scene, while another died four months later. Naturally, this came as a great shock and led to international outrage. Unsurprisingly, the British embassy in Dublin was burned to the ground not long after this incident.
This clear and accessible 46-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to Bloody Sunday
- Ireland and Britain: a long and hateful history
- Religious divisions
- Ireland’s move towards independence
- The North secedes from the South
- The Bogside Massacre (or Bloody Sunday)
- Derry/Londonderry: the centre of the violence
- The army enters the fray
- First shots fired
- The operation escalates
- An extremely high death toll
- Impact of Bloody Sunday
- The end of peaceful combat
- The Troubles continue
- A new commission of inquiry
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