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Choose four events from the last 100 years which have been particularly important in shaping the views of: (a) The Nationalists/Republicans/Catholics (b) The Unionists/Loyalists/Protestants Irish history had a number of major events; these events were huge turning points in history. The first event was called Easter Rising which occurred in 1916. Partition happened in 1921, this was when Ireland was split into two parts. The next event was The Deployment of Troops in 1969, this was when the new prime minister of Northern Ireland (James Chichester-Clarke) called the British prime minister Harold Wilson and asked for troops to be sent into Londonderry. Bloody Sunday shocked the world in 1972 when 13 unarmed marchers were shot dead by the British Army. The Easter Rising in 1916 took place when Padrang Pearse organised a rebellion against British rule. Some of the men were led by James Conolly. They took over key buildings such as the Post Office. They did this believing all Nationalists would rise up and join them. However, little support was shown and after a week of fighting they all surrendered. Some of leaders of rebellion were executed without trial; James Conolly was executed although he was already dying. This created hatred against the British resulting in more moderate Nationalists joining the war. ...read more.


The Nationalists also felt insulted as they were independent in theory but in practical they were still part of England. The Nationalists long term will never accept Partition. They feel it must overturn, as it was illegal and immoral. They now believe the British cannot be trusted, this also increased anti-British feeling. Catholics in Northern Ireland were not treated equally; this led to a civil rights movement to campaign for equal rights. On the other hand, the Unionists wanted all of Ireland to be British but also felt a sense of relief that they British protest saved they identity. They were prepared to fight for they British identity. They feared Irish independence. The long-term affects were that the Unionists were thankful for Partition and they wished to continue links with Britain. They also continue to see themselves as British and wish to keep the involvement with the country. The Deployment of Troops occurred on Thursday 14th August. On this date the new prime minister of Northern Ireland (James Chichester-Clarke) called the British prime minister (Harold Wilson) and told him to send troops into Londonderry. The troops were sent in because in the streets of Londonderry there was chaos and it was getting out of control. Catholics often found it difficult to get good jobs, decent schools and also council housing. ...read more.


A new enquiry was launched in 1998 and is still on going. The short-term affects on the Unionists were mixed, some people felt slightly shameful and upset at the loss of so many men. More extreme Unionists were not so sympathetic many said the march was illegal and blamed it for the trouble. Long-term affects were that the event was a tragic accident by most, but the Catholics would not forget it. This caused further resentment; the IRA killed hundreds of people in revenge for Bloody Sunday. Unionists believed that we should be looking too the future rather than always looking to the past. In conclusion, there were many events that people were killed. These events left the world standing shocked, however, even till this day they have not come to an agreement. There is not that much fighting any more, but this does not mean everything will become better. It is not that simple. People who have lost a member of their family, a friend or even seeing people die like that will never accept it. If they do put the past to one side, there will still be people who do not accept it. This may result in and begin another fight. They might take on violence again. Every event has added more and more hatred between the two groups. ?? ?? ?? ?? Usman Hussain ...read more.

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