History is in the eye of the ignorant

I am getting older and spend my time looking backwards at history. That is true history, not the history proposed by twenty somethings just out of university. As a lad I was able to talk to my Grandad, he told me about the First World War. Not from history books, but from the sights and … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1972

In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 13 unarmed civil rights demonstrators are shot dead by British Army paratroopers in an event that becomes known as “Bloody Sunday.” The protesters, all Northern Catholics, were marching in protest of the British policy of internment of suspected Irish nationalists. British authorities had ordered the march banned, and sent troops to … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1981

On May 5, 1981, imprisoned Irish Catholic militant Bobby Sands dies after refusing food for 66 days in protest of his treatment as a criminal rather than a political prisoner by British authorities. His death immediately kicked-off widespread rioting in Belfast, as young Irish-Catholic militants clashed with police and British Army patrols and started fires. … [Read the full story]