The Bloody Sunday Trust has released details of this year’s programme of events to mark the 41st anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Derry.
In accordance with the wishes of the vast majority of Bloody Sunday Families, the Trust and the Bloody Sunday Weekend Committee have organised a range of events that will take place over two weekends at the end of January.
A Trust spokesperson said: “Almost three years on from the Saville Inquiry the question of British soldiers being prosecuted for murder and perjury is finally being addressed. We hope, and demand, that those responsible for finally investigating Bloody Sunday do so with the utmost vigour. There should be no more hiding place for those who carried out murder on our streets and lied about it afterwards.
“It is also an appropriate time to reflect on what we have achieved so far, with the vindication of our decades long campaign to bring the truth to light, and offer our full support to others who are fighting for the same. This is reflected in the panel discussion, ‘No Overarching Conspiracy’ on Saturday, January 26.
“We also remain conscious of how similar events have happened across the world, where states and armies have killed without fear of prosecution, and continue to do so. This year’s lecture, by noted historian Ilan Pappe, will specifically address ongoing and historic issues in Palestine.
“Finally, we would like to call on the people of Derry and beyond to come out and support this year’s programme of events as you have done in the past – your support was vital to us throughout our long campaign, and remains vital as we take what we hope are the last steps in that long journey.”
Wednesday, January 16, at 11am - Launch of commemorative Black Ribbon by Mayor Kevin Campbell in the Museum of Free Derry.
Friday, January 25, Book launch of ‘Free Derry: Protest and Resistance’ at 1pm in the Museum of Free Derry.
This fascinating joint publication between Guildhall Press and the Museum of Free Derry tells the story of how residents of a working-class community, oppressed by a sectarian Unionist government since the 1920s, decided to take control of their own destiny and took to the streets to demand change.
Saturday, January 26, at 7.30pm in the City Hotel - Panel discussion: ‘No Overarching Conspiracy?’
Collusion, yes, but no evidence of an ‘overarching conspiracy’ according to the de Silva Review into the murder of Pat Finucane.
This will be the first public discussion involving members of the Finucane family since the Review was published. John Finucane will be joined by Andree Murphy of Relatives for Justice, Professor Bill Rolston of the Transitional Justice Institute and Paul O’Connor of the Pat Finucane Centre.
Sunday, January 27, at 11am - Annual Wreath-laying Ceremony and Prayer Service - at the Bloody Sunday Memorial in Rossville Street. All welcome.
Tuesday, January 29, at 10pm in the Celtic - Bar Bloody Sunday Memorial Shield:
Quiz. Teams of 5, entry fee £10 per team. All welcome.
Wednesday, January 30, at 4pm - Minutes Silence - at the Bloody Sunday Memorial in Rossville Street. All welcome.
Wednesday, January 30, at 7.30pm – Annual Memorial Mass - at St Mary’s Church Creggan. All welcome.
Friday, February 1, at 8pm - Annual Bloody Sunday Memorial Lecture - at the Foyle Drama Theatre, Foyle Building (new extension) North West Regional College, Strand Rd (limited seating-doors open 7.45pm) The annual lecture will be delivered this year by Ilan Pappé, Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies and Co-Director for the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies. Professor Pappé is an Israeli historian, socialist activist and former Israeli soldier who has been rewriting the ‘official’ history of Israel’s creation in 1948 and expulsion or flight of 700,000 Palestinians in the same year.
Organised in conjunction with the Pat Finucane Centre.