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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Poison of Bloody Sunday finally seeps away as Derry moves on

Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
The memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark.The service included contributions from Father Michael Canny and Reverend David Latimer, left. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
The memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
Flowers at the memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
Flowers at the memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
Veteran Civil Rights campaigner Ivan Cooper pictured at teh start of yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday march. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
Kate Nash whose brother William died on Bloody Sunday pictured at yesterdays march in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
Linda Nash (front) who lost her brother William on Bloody Sunday leads the protest parade in Derry, to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 29, 2012. Relatives of the victims attended a memorial service at a monument in Derry's Bogside. See PA story ULSTER BloodySunday. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
©/Presseye.com - 29th January 2012. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.Relatives lay wreaths at the Bloody Sunday Monument.Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
©/Presseye.com - 29th January 2012. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.Kay Duddy, sister of Jackie Duddy, the Deputy Mayor of Derry, Councillor Kevin Campbell and Nobel Laureate John Hume.Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
©/Presseye.com - 29th January 2012. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.Kay Duddy, sister of Jackie Duddy, the Deputy Mayor of Derry, Councillor Kevin Campbell and Nobel Laureate John Hume.Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
©/Presseye.com - 29th January 2012. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.Hugh McMonagle at the Service.Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
©/Presseye.com - 29th January 2012. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.Relatives lay wreaths at the Bloody Sunday Monument.Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
©/Presseye.com - 29th January 2012. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.Rev. Michael Canny, Adm. St. Eugene;s. Rev. David Latimer, Minister First Derry Presbyterian Church, Rev. David Jennings, Church of England.Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
©/Presseye.com - 29th January 2012. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.Kieran Dowling, Joint Secretary, British-Irish Intergovernmental Secretariat, lay a wreath.Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
©/Presseye.com - 29th January 2012. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.The Deputy Mayor of Derry, Councillor Kevin Campbell lasy a wreath.Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
©/Presseye.com - 29th January 2012. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.Moira Casement, Loughinisland Justice Group.Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
©/Presseye.com - 29th January 2012. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.Moira Casement, Loughinisland Justice Group.Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
29/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Bloody Sunday march makes it's way through Derry this afternoon on it's 40th anniversary.Picture PACEMAKER
Bernadette McAliskey pictured at yesterdays Bloody Sunday march in Derry. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
Yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
©/Presseye.com - 29th January 2012. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.Relatives lay wreaths at the Bloody Sunday Monument.Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
©/Presseye.com - 29th January 2012. Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.Relatives lay wreaths at the Bloody Sunday Monument.Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
People have joined a parade in Londonderry to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday
Linda Nash lost her brother William on Bloody Sunday
Bloody Sunday. January 1972
Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.
Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
The start of a grim day in Derry. Civil Rights marchers make their way through Creggan. They defied a Government ban and headed for Guildhall Square, but were stopped by the Army in William Street. 31/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings
Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
An injured man receiving attention on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody sunday in Derry 1972 when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights march through the city.
Bloody Sunday 1972
JAMES WRAY IN HIS HOME IN THE BOGSIDE DERRY HOLDING THE COAT WITH BULLIET HOLES IN THAT HIS SON ALSO CALLED JAMES WRAY WAS KILLED ON BLOODY SUNDAY
Bloody Sunday. A number of civilians arrested by the Army are marched in a line, with their hands on their heads, through the Bogside. 31/1/1972
Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. Funeral. Mrs Ita McKinney, 9 months pregnant cries behind the hearse carrying her husband James from St Mary's, Creggan. 2/2/1972.
Bloody Sunday. 30.1.1972
Bloody Sunday. Funerals. 2.2.1972
Bloody Sunday in Derry 1972 when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights march through the city.
General Sir Robert Ford, Britain's Commander of Land Forces in Northern Ireland, pictured on July 3, 1972
Bloody Sunday when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights march. PACEMAKER PRESS
Bloody Sunday: Up to 20 soldiers still face being formally questioned by police for alleged murder, attempted murder or criminal injury during the notorious incident
30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.
A scene showing British paratroopers near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.
A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.
A man receiving attention during Bloody Sunday.
Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during Bloody Sunday
St Mary's Church, on the Creggan Estate, during the Requiem Mass for the 13 who died on 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry.
Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Paul Doherty in front of an image of his dying father Patrick Doherty who was shot on Bloody Sunday.
Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.
Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings
Bloody sunday in Derry 1972 when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights march
Bloody Sunday - when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights marc. PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST - FLASHBACK - Bloody sunday in Derry 1972 when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights march through the city.PICTURE CREDIT PACEMAKER PRESS
John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Michael Kelly who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
An injured man receives treatment on Bloody Sunday. Survivor and campaigner Johnny Duddy has died aged 87
Lord Saville
A Republican mural is seen on the side of a house in the Bogside are of Derry, the scene of the 'Bloody Sunday' shootings. 2005
Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
A youth is arrested at gunpoint by a Paratrooper in Derry on Bloody Sunday Picture by Fred Hoare
A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, which became known as Bloody Sunday, January 31, 1972.
Fr Daly waving a bloody handkerchief as he and several others carry the fatally wounded Jackie Duddy, 17, past British soldiers on January 30, 1972, known as Bloody Sunday. Picture by Stanley Matchett
The Bloody Sunday Anniversary. Among the marchers were Native Americans who attended the event because of their sympathy with Irish Nationalists. 30/1/85.
IRA gunmen in Derry during a Bloody Sunday commemoration. Pacemaker Press Intl. 29 Jan. 1978
IRA gunmen in Derry during a Bloody Sunday commemoration. Pacemaker Press Intl. 29 Jan. 1978
Bloody Sunday Commemoration. IRA Gunman displays M60 Machine Gun on streets of Derry. Pacemaker Press Intl.29 Jan. 1978.
Commemoration of Bloody Sunday march in Derry. Gerry Adams and Martin Maguiness are pictured. Pacemaker Press Intl. 30/1/83.
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Relatives of those shot dead on Bloody Sunday wave to crowds after reading a copy of the long-awaited Saville Inquiry report, outside the Guildhall
Relatives of those shot dead on Bloody Sunday wave to crowds after reading a copy of the long-awaited Saville Inquiry report, outside the Guildhall
Relatives of those shot dead on Bloody Sunday wave copies of the long awaited Saville Inquiry report in the air outside the Guildhall
Prime Minister David Cameron tells MPs in the House of Commons that the Saville Inquiry into the Bloody Sunday killings found the actions of British soldiers was 'both unjustified and unjustifiable'
Crowds gather to hear the findings of the long-awaited Saville Inquiry report into Bloody Sunday, outside the Guildhall
People watch Prime Minister David Cameron on a giant screen making a statement to the House of Commons regarding the findings of the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday, outside the Guildhall
Crowds gather to hear the findings of the long-awaited Saville Inquiry report into Bloody Sunday, outside the Guildhall
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
A relative of Bloody Sunday victim Jackie Duddy is comforted by Martin McGuinness as she marches from the Bogside area of Londonderry to the Guildhall to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Relatives of the victims attended a memorial service at a monument in Londonderry's Bogside

The people of Derry yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday -- the event which shaped the history of their city when 14 youths and men on a civil rights march were killed by British soldiers.

Fewer people turned out than in previous years in a city whose atmosphere has improved greatly since British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged in 2010 that those shot dead by paratroopers were innocent.

Only a few of the bereaved joined yesterday's march, which attracted more than 1,000 people.

Most families instead attended an outdoor service, where a minute's silence was observed and wreaths were laid to remember those killed on January 29, 1972.

"The lancing of the boil that occurred with Cameron was incredible," said Pat McArt, who edited the 'Derry Journal' for almost a quarter of a century.

"Bloody Sunday was a massive poison on the city. You could feel it. Now there's a different atmosphere. The whole cultural and social thing is moving on."

Tommy McCourt, a community worker, added: "People were delighted and there was a lot of relief that those killed were exonerated.

"There is a lessening of the anger and urgency. But a lot of people still feel there is a distance to go."

For many of these people, the key issue is whether the soldiers involved will be prosecuted. For 18 months, police and the authorities have been studying the legal and political issues involved.

"Families have different views," said Liam Wray, whose brother Jim, then 17, was killed.

"What Cameron did was admirable but he said the shootings were unjustified and unjustifiable. That means those who were shot dead were murdered. I will campaign for prosecution as long as I've air in my lungs."

But no one predicts an early end to the sporadic violence of local dissidents, the splintered remnants of the now-inactive major republican groups.

Ivan Cooper, a retired politician and civil rights leader who was present on Bloody Sunday, said: "Public opinion is strongly against them, but it's not difficult for a hundred people to keep the whole thing going."

Mr McArt added: "These dissidents got into a groove in 1972. They haven't got out of it -- and they're never coming out of it until the day they die, but the rest of Derry has moved on."





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