Bed and Breakfast Derry- The Bloody Sunday Monument

 

Bloody Sunday Monument

 

History

The bloody Sunday memorial, built in 1927 , is a monument with the names of  14 people that their lives on January 30. This day was known as Bloody Sunday and occurred in the Bogside area of Derry. The monument stands in the area where these events occurred which is located in the heart of the City which is a walking distance from Derry Bogside Bed and Breakfast.

Twenty-six unarmed civil rights protesters and bystanders were shot by soldiers of the British Army. The incident  occurred while citizens in Derry were marching for their civil rights. The whole incident led to the death of  thirteen males, seven of whom were teenagers. Of those killed, five of these men were shot in the back. Two protesters were also injured because they were run down by army vehicles.
Investigations were carried out after by the British government. The report found that all of those shot were unarmed, and that the killings were both “unjustified and unjustifiable.” The Saville report concluded this also which prompted the British prime minister, David Cameron, to make a public and formal apology on behalf of those who committed the heinous crimes and those in command at the time of the attack.

Function

The monument was built to commemorate the lives lost on that day which changed Derry and the lives of many till this day.
Bloody Sunday remains among the most significant events in the Troubles of Northern Ireland, chiefly because it was carried out by the British army and not paramilitaries, in full view of the public and the press.

It is normal to see the neighbours place flowers at the foot of the monument. With easy access from the city centre, the Bloody Sunday Memorial is a piece of modern history.  There are many tours available for those who wish to discover the history of this day and why it was such a significant, life changing day.

Information

For more information on these tours contact Bogside Bed & Breakfast and a time can be set up for a tour.

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