They are part of a group studying ‘The Troubles: Britain and Northern Ireland 1968-1998’. The students had the chance to interview former members of the original Civil Rights movement, as well as some of those who became involved in political violence and were imprisoned as a consequence. They visited the sites of the 1972 Bloody Sunday shootings in Derry, an event which in many ways still haunts this divided city today.
However they also heard from local residents about a new sense of optimism in the city after Derry was designated as the UK City of Culture in 2013. The group also had a fascinating interview with senior members of the Derry division of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and heard about the challenges of policing a normal, bustling, university city in which there still exists the very real threat of violence from dissident Republicans and loyalist paramilitaries.
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