Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Thirty-eight years after the Bogside Massacre in Derry, Northern Ireland, the British government has finally accepted blame for the tragedy that left twenty-six unarmed civilians shot, thirteen of whom died right away, and a fourteenth who succumbed of his injuries months later. This massacre, Domhnach na Fola in Irish ["Sunday of Blood"], was memorialized in movies, plays, and song. Here are lines from a John Lennon-Yoko Ono song (Lennon was of Irish heritage):

Well it was Sunday bloody Sunday
When they shot the people there
The cries of thirteen martyrs
Filled the Free Derry air
Is there any one amongst you
Dare to blame it on the kids?
Not a soldier boy was bleeding
When they nailed the coffin lids!
—John Lennon and Yoko Ono "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

And lines from a U-2 song:

And the battle's just begun

There's many lost, but tell me who has won?
The trenches dug within our hearts
And mothers, children, brothers, sisters
Torn apart.

Sunday, bloody Sunday.
Sunday, bloody Sunday.

—U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

Brian Freel, the great Irish playwright, wrote The Freedom of the City; and Paul McCartney (like John Lennon, also of Irish heritage), wrote the song "Give Ireland Back to the Irish." Many other artists memorialized this tragedy in their work.

The truth will out, and slowly but surely, justice will be done.

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