January 30, 1997 in Nation/World

Book On ‘Bloody Sunday’ Fans Emotions On Anniversary

Compiled From Wire Services

Twenty-five years ago today, 14 Irish Catholics were shot dead by British paratroopers in Londonderry, in the western part of Northern Ireland. Exactly what happened that day in the Catholic neighborhood called Bogside has remained a source of bitter contention, but the episode, vividly remembered as “Bloody Sunday,” became a rallying point for Irish Catholic nationalists.

As Catholics in Northern Ireland prepared to commemorate the anniversary with a potentially provocative march through predominantly Catholic Londonderry on Thursday, a new book has inflamed Irish feelings with extensive eyewitness accounts that the British fired into the backs of fleeing, unarmed protesters.

The book, “Eyewitness: Bloody Sunday,” by Don Mullan, coincides with a growing sense of despair about prospects for peace in Northern Ireland.

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