Young Derry students reflect on the legacy of Bloody Sunday and look ahead to better times

A group of young politics students from Derry have reflected on what Bloody Sunday means to them on the 50th anniversary of the atrocity.

The young men from St Joseph’s Boys’ School and women from St Mary’s College study the subject together at the Creggan school as part of the Foyle Learning Community.

St Joseph’s first opened in 1963 at its present site on Westway, Creggan, and has established strong links with the local community.

A short distance up the road, from what is known locally as ‘Creggan shops’, Civil Rights marches embarked on a peaceful protest against internment on January 30, 1972.

Tragically, thirteen people were shot dead in the Bogside that day and many more were injured when the British Paratroopers indiscriminately opened fire on civilians. A fourteenth man died later of his injuries.

Six of those killed on the day were teenagers and a number had studied at St Joseph’s.

In these thoughtful and insightful contributions, young students who are the same age as some of those killed on the day, consider the legacy of Bloody Sunday and share aspirations for their hometown.

Patrick Orsquo;Kane Duddy, St Joseph's Boys' School.
Patrick Orsquo;Kane Duddy, St Joseph's Boys' School.



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