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Northen Ireland Conflict

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How far do sources D-I explain why troubles broke out in N.Ireland in 1969 Source D is a written account extracted from B.Devlin's 'The Price of My Soul'. The book was written in 1969, this was the year all the violence broke out in Northern Ireland. This source doesn't strictly explain 1969 but highlights some of the problems in N.Ireland as the two religions had conflicting views. It says that her vice-principle was very anti-English. If messages like this were being taught in schools, the pupils would grow up to hate each other. This is only an extract from the book so there is a lot missing, the book could give a further insight into the reason of the problem in 1969. This source is written by a Roman Catholic so you cannot fully trust it, although she is very truthful about her education. This source is useful as it shows what happened in Catholic schools. Source E is a cartoon, in this picture it shows a Protestant woman tied up in ropes by a Catholic priest, the source is not dated, it is saying if Catholics gain control of N.Ireland all Protestants would be limited to what they would be able to do. I would like to know when it was drawn as it could link well to 1969. ...read more.

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This drawing was published in a Protestant textbook, meaning that the drawing was picked to promote Protestants, for this reason it is not trustworthy. Although the source is still useful, it shows the tension between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland. This source Is feel is the least useful. Source H shows a photo of 3 RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) officers this photo is dated in 1968 this links to the violence in 1969 as the violence is starting to happen. The photo is taken as the 3 officers are beating a single man with battens. The message in the source tries to highlight the brutality of the Protestants and the innocence of the Catholics. I think that as the photo is very small is could have been a small section of a larger photo showing Catholic violence, if the photo had been cropped then we cannot trust the source. This photo is fairly useful, although it would be better if I could see what happened before. Source I highlights the mass violence between Catholics + Protestants. You cannot tell where it comes from, but it is likely to be a Catholic source, due to the world 'ambush'. The source is a photograph, the photo was taken in 1969 it shows wide spread violence in Northern Ireland. ...read more.

Conclusion

This angered the Protestants creating further tension between the two religions. Although Easter Rising was left out of the sources, it is a critical moment in N.Ireland's violent history. On Easter weekend in 1916 a group led by James Connolly walked into the centre of Dublin and proclaimed the important government building to be theirs. Ambitious as the plan was, it didn't work. Intense fighting continued for a week when finally the fighting stopped and the Catholics surrendered, survivors were killed, but not in a firing squad like expected. The police dragged the rebels around the country executing each one of them in different places to show their authority. This didn't work as it just raised popularity for a Catholic government in Ulster. But I think the definitive reason for any future violence was the Partition of Ireland in 1921. This officially separated the 6 counties in the North-East on Ireland to be separated and to have their own government. The partition was granted and although there were still many Catholic citizens living in the 6 counties, they now had to live under Protestant rules. This meant that any future violence in Ireland would occur in N.Ireland as there were both Catholics and Protestants living in confined spaces. This proved to be true as the Republic of Ireland was very peaceful in the future where as N.Ireland was torn apart by violence. ?? ?? ?? ?? Charlie Medlin 10MR ...read more.

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