• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The events of Bloody Sunday 30 January 30 1972 in Derry.

Extracts from this document...


History Coursework Assignment 2 Question 2 The events of Bloody Sunday 30 January 30 1972 in Derry has produced many different historical interpretations. While the truth of the events of that day have not yet been recovered. The Saville enquiry, which is running at the current time, is sparing no costs to find out the truths of that day. The march was a huge rally protesting against internment. This was when suspected IRA men could be arrested without trial. It was organised by the civil rights movement. British forces had suspected trouble because fifteen thousand defied a ban on the march and gathered in the Derry city centre. The situation in Derry at this time was very volatile with rioting and no go areas. The security forces found it very difficult to police. As the parachute regiment sealed off the area they were met with a hail of stones. The truth has never really been found over confusion of the events that followed. The soldiers fired they say they were fired on first while it has been proven that the victims were unarmed. ...read more.


The support does not say the how the Widgery inquiry came to a decision with insufficient evidence. This is not a balanced view the writer is offering the viewpoint and interpretations of the Paras and the Conservative government of the time. It shows the new evidence in a bad light. It claims that the new evidence is too premature and inquiry is just Tony Blair appeasing Republicans. Source B is an article that appeared in the Guardian newspaper reporting on the same new evidence as source A was reacting too. John Mullan the Guardian's Irish correspondent wrote this source. The Guardian is a more liberal paper than the Daily Mail from source A. It tries more to get at the truth without any bias. It would not see itself as having a duty to support the Paratroopers and the Conservative government in power at the time. This is clear from the headline, 'This backs up what we have been saying for years the victims were innocent.' It takes an immediate tone of support for the families of the victims on Bloody Sunday. ...read more.


This will be a long and difficult process. This source is balanced because it does not lean towards either of the opposing viewpoints. This contrasts with the stance of the BBC, which would be inclined to support the Government in power at the time given the fact that it is Government funded. I also used the film ' Sunday' as another source, which is based on research but tends to concentrate more on the Nationalist viewpoint. It is not 100% impartial. All of the sources show the different interpretations on the events of Bloody Sunday. Source C is open to interpretation as it can easily be misinterpreted. Furthermore, source A is highly critical of Dr. John Martins u-turn, while source B uses him as further evidence. Source B is supportive of the Saville Inquiry while source A feels it is biased against the Paratroopers. Both sources A and B are inconsistent with each other while source C gives a balanced view. I expect when the inquiries findings are published in the future all the Government's money will pay off and finally the truth of that day will be told. Though until one cannot be sure of the truth because the events of that day have been interpreted in so many ways. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 essays

  1. Bloody Sunday - How useful are sources A,B,C and D to someone trying to ...

    Source H is an eyewitness account, which was written by a newspaper reporter. Does this make it reliable as evidence about "Bloody Sunday"? Explain your answer using Source H and your own knowledge. The fact that this article was written by a reporter is not the factor, which determines its credibility.

  2. 'Bloody Sunday' 30 January 1972 - source related study.

    Source C is useful to someone if they wanted to know the attitude the Irish had towards the British Army before Bloody Sunday occurred. This source is an Irish cartoon and it shows a very intimidating British Army pointing their rifles at a defenseless Irishwoman.

  1. How far are the tensions in Northern Ireland due the events f 30th January ...

    Protestant communities in Northern Ireland in present day use the 1641 massacre to justify that Catholic people cannot be trusted, but forget their own massacre upon the Catholics in 1649. There are mixed views between Catholics and Protestants about both the massacres but they still provide history to fuel the conflict in the present day feud.

  2. bloody sunday assignment 1

    This meant the closure of the Irish government and current Irish MPs had to go to the parliament in Westminster. This meant that the Irish Mps would be a small minority, therefore would not have enough power to develop a separate policy for Ireland.

  1. bloody sunday assignment 2

    They were also ordered to send in "snatch squads" of soldiers to arrest any troublemakers, but soon things really kicked off. The army claimed to have been fired upon first and then return fire, but the Catholic leaders claim that no shots were fired at the army.

  2. The events that occurred in Derry on 30th January 1979 became known as Bloody ...

    A lawyer said that the new evidence "merited a murder prosecution". A lawyer would have some evidence to back their opinion before making a statement such as that, however the lawyer had been hired to find evidence to prosecute on, so he may not be taking into account other evidence.

  1. How valuable are sources 1,5,6,7,8,9 in explaining the events of bloody Sunday?

    Without the unfounded animosity between the two groups, events like Bloody Sunday would never have the chance to happen. Source 5 is an eyewitness account of Bloody Sunday, made by a Catholic Priest. He claims he saw no-one shooting at the Paratroopers, and that they shot indiscriminately and unprovoked.

  2. The events that occurred in Derry on January 30th 1972 became known as Bloody ...

    had simply fired in self-defence after being fired at by IRA gunmen. Nationalists claim that the British soldiers were unprovoked and opened fire either in response to some imaginary threat or, as a deliberate act of violence The two sides give a different view because of who they are and what they want.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work