Remembering Ireland's Bloody Sunday, 40 years later

January 30, 2012

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In 1998, a protester holds a portrait of one of the thirteen protestors killed on Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland.

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday massacre, when British soldiers shot 26 unarmed civil-rights protesters and bystanders. More than half of those shot died.

At age 15, Don Mullan witnessed the event. His book, Eyewitness Bloody Sunday, was one of the catalysts that pushed then Prime Minister Tony Blair to establish a second, more critical, inquiry into Bloody Sunday in 1998. The inquiry lasted until 2010 and prompted a historic apology from British Prime Minister David Cameron. He described the events of Bloody Sunday as “unjustified and unjustifiable.”

Don tells Worldview about what he witnessed first-hand in Ireland, 40 years ago.

 

Don Mullan is giving a public talk at DePaul University's School of Public Service on February 7 at 12PM. The talk will take place at 14 East Jackson Avenue, on the 16th floor.