1975 - a glimpse into the Journal archives

1975 was a year dominated by worries over ceasefires and efforts to form power-sharing governments.

1975 was a year dominated by worries over ceasefires and efforts to form power-sharing governments.

Rehearsing for the Derry Amateur Operatic Society's production of 'The Merry Widow' at Clondermot Intermediate School. At piano is accompanist Oliver Kennedy, and, standing from left, are Donald Hill, June Ann Baxter, Noreen McCrudden, Alan Haslett, Trevor McLucas, Scott Marshall, Olivia Marshall and Jim Goodman. The production was the Society's first after a lapse of three years. [20-07-12 SML 2]

Rehearsing for the Derry Amateur Operatic Society's production of 'The Merry Widow' at Clondermot Intermediate School. At piano is accompanist Oliver Kennedy, and, standing from left, are Donald Hill, June Ann Baxter, Noreen McCrudden, Alan Haslett, Trevor McLucas, Scott Marshall, Olivia Marshall and Jim Goodman. The production was the Society's first after a lapse of three years. [20-07-12 SML 2]

Although violence was still the norm across the North - 247 people died during the year - there were also echoes of what was to follow: an IRA ceasefire and a failed attempt at power-sharing.

To the outside world, Northern Ireland, in 1975, was underlining its lamentable reputation as the place that time had left behind. It epitomised all that was negative, unacceptable and contradictory.

Of course, this image was, in many respects, quite wrong. As these photographs from the 1975 archives of the ‘Derry Journal’ show, life in the city - for better or worse - still continued beyond the bombs and bullets.

DON’T MISS . . . In September, the ‘Journal’ will publish a special 24-page

supplement focusing on life in Derry in 1975. ‘Remember When’ will feature scores of amazing photographs and dozens of entertaining stories from what was another defining year in the life story of our city. Be sure not to miss it!