Fifty Years Since the Troubles

The sectarian riots of August 1969 marked the beginning of thirty years of bloodshed in Northern Ireland.

The confrontation between the Derry Citizens’ Defence Association and the Royal Ulster Constabulary from August 12–14, 1969, became one of the most well-known episodes of the Troubles. (Photo by Meagher/Getty Images.)

It is now fifty years since the north of Ireland erupted into armed and bloody conflict, ushering in the thirty-year period known euphemistically as ‘the Troubles’. There is a lack of agreement over where and at what precise moment the Troubles began. The messy prehistory to 1969 includes the reformation of the Ulster Volunteer Force […]

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