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‘Wow, this is it!’ – The day the Belfast Telegraph reported the news of the 1994 IRA ceasefire

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Belfast Telegraph. Page One. IRA Ceasefire Announced 'IT'S OVER' Front page headline.  31/8/1994

Belfast Telegraph. Page One. IRA Ceasefire Announced 'IT'S OVER' Front page headline. 31/8/1994

The Shankill Bomb 23/10/93

The Shankill Bomb 23/10/93

Pubs/Clubs:McGurks Bar/Explosion. Dec. 1971

Pubs/Clubs:McGurks Bar/Explosion. Dec. 1971

Belfast Telegraph. Page One. IRA Ceasefire Announced 'IT'S OVER' Front page headline. 31/8/1994

The Belfast Telegraph’s front page on August 31, 1994 was unforgettable in its stark simplicity. Above three awful images of IRA atrocities sat the most significant headline in modern Irish history - ‘It’s Over’.

The photos showed a bloodied survivor of the 1972 Abercorn bomb; the grief-torn face of Gina Murray whose 13-year-old daughter was killed in the Shankill bomb just a year earlier; and bodies being lifted from the rubble following the 1987 Enniskillen attack.

After 3,168 deaths inflicted by all sides over 25 years of the Troubles, the Provisionals were ending their campaign at midnight. While unionists were filled with doubt, the newspaper struck a confident tone and dared to hope.