Bloody Sunday

This exhibit analyzes what happened on Bloody Sunday, and it investigates the impact of this day on the Troubles in Northern Ireland, 1968-1998. After this day, the violence increased across Northern Ireland, the Irish Republican Army membership grew, the tensions between the Irish and British escalated and the British government had direct rule of Northern Ireland after the Stormont government collapsed. It will also look at the debate that existed about the actions between both sides of the conflict, the marchers and the British Parachute Regiment. In addition, this exhibit analyzes the negative treatment Bernadette Devlin received from the press and her critics due to her gender.


Spaces Occupied:

-the Creggan area and William and Rossville Streets of Derry, Northern Ireland[1] 


-civil rights march on January 30, 1972


-10,000-30,000 nationalist protestors, Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) and British Parachute Regiment[2] 


-the nationalists and NICRA protested internment, the act of arresting and detaining suspected members of illegal paramilitary groups without a trial[3]

[1] BBC, "Bloody Sunday in maps," BBC News, last modified March 17, 2010,

[2] Don Mullan, Bloody Sunday: Massacre in Northern Ireland-The Eyewitness Accounts (Niwot: Robert Rinehart Publishers, 1997), 18 and Cochrane, Northern Ireland: The Reluctant Peace, 62.

[3] Feargal Cochrane, Northern Ireland: The Reluctant Peace (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), 59.



Written by Katherine Behnke Created as a part of the Politics & Gender course at Cleveland State University