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Malachi O'Doherty

Why a curfew is nothing new to those who remember 1970 in Northern Ireland

Malachi O'Doherty


As people are told to stay at home at night, Malachi O'Doherty recalls the last time the order was imposed here

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Tension in air: Military Police stand guard at checkpoint on the Falls Road in 1970

Tension in air: Military Police stand guard at checkpoint on the Falls Road in 1970

Tension in air: Military Police stand guard at checkpoint on the Falls Road in 1970

As trouble zones go, we have had fairly limited acquaintance with curfew in Northern Ireland.

The only formally declared one was on the Falls Road in early July 1970.

I was in the area at the start of it with my brothers, having been drawn by curiosity about reports of a massive riot.


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