Internment remembered

A unique piece of street theatre took place at Free Derry Corner on Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the introduction of internment and the Ballymurphy massacre.

The drama involved a re-enactment of a raid and scenes from the Ballymurphy massacre which took place in the immediate aftermath of internment being introduced and left eleven people - including a Catholic priest and a mother of eight - dead.

They were all shot dead by the British army’s Parachute regiment - the same regiment responsible for Bloody Sunday - over a 36 hour period between August 9th to 11th.

Among those taking part in the re-enactment was Grace Connolly, a great granddaughter of 50 year-old Joan Connolly, one of those killed by the paratroopers.

On Tuesday evening another commemoration event to mark the anniversary of the introduction of internment was held in the Tower Hotel in which several ex-internees and their families took part.