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Belfast’s forgotten ‘Bloody Sunday’

Sixteen people — including a 12-year-old boy — were shot dead during a 24-hour period in the city 100 years ago today

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Conflict: British military on patrol in Ireland in 1921. Credit: Mirrorpix

Conflict: British military on patrol in Ireland in 1921. Credit: Mirrorpix

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King George V. Credit: Print Collector/Getty Images

King George V. Credit: Print Collector/Getty Images

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Conflict: British military on patrol in Ireland in 1921. Credit: Mirrorpix

On Monday, July 11, 1921, the Irish Independent carried two contrasting headlines. Alongside the relief of proclaiming that ‘Irish Hostilities Cease Today’, was a sobering report of ‘Desperate Strife in Belfast’.

While the truce was greeted with relief in southern Ireland after two-and-a-half years of guerrilla conflict, the prospect of peace was a dim one in Belfast on the day after the city’s ‘Bloody Sunday’.


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