Events to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Derry in January 2022

The family walk from the Creggan Shops is one of many poignant events taking place on Sunday January 30th – the anniversary of the massacre that killed 14 men and boys and injured dozens more – as part of a special One World, One Struggle” program to celebrate the milestone anniversary developed by the Bloody Sunday Trust.

The memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Bloody Sunday Monument.

Also on Sunday at 12.30pm there will be a special event at the Lecky Road Monument opposite the Gasyard Center to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Fian Gerald Donaghey organized by the Bogside and Brandywell Monument Committee.

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Some of the relatives who laid wreaths at the Bloody Sunday memorial service at the Rossville Street memorial in January 2019. DER0518GS014

At 4pm in Guildhall Square, Beyond The Silence will be a special public event to celebrate the 50th anniversary and pay tribute to the victims of Bloody Sunday.

Also on Sunday night at 8pm is the Playhouse premiere of The White Handkerchief at the Guildhall. The new production is an “elegy” to the dead of Bloody Sunday.

This will be preceded by the annual Bloody Sunday Anniversary Mass at St Mary’s Church, Creggan on Friday 28th January at 7.30pm. All are welcome subject to the restrictions in place at the time.

On the same day, a new exhibition, Silenced Bells For Derry, will be installed at the Museum of Free Derry as an artistic tribute to the fourteen people who have died.

The One World, One Struggle program begins next Monday 24th January with the launch of The Remembering Quilt at the Rath Mór Centre. This project is being run by Relatives for Justice (RFJ) where families left behind as a result of the conflict in Ireland make a 9 inch square to commemorate their loved one which is then made into an 8 x 8 foot quilted panel is completed from 49 squares. The quilts on display until January 31st.

Another deeply moving exhibition, In Their Footsteps, opens at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on Tuesday 25th. It features shoes donated by bereaved families from across Ireland. It includes shoes from various campaigns including the Ballymurphy Massacre, McGurk’s Bar and Glenanne Gang Victims. Open daily from 1pm-5pm until Saturday 29th January.

Darach MacDonald’s new poetic exploration of division and the implications of the border will also be presented at the same venue on Tuesday at 7pm.

On Tuesday at 7.30pm there will be an online discussion on Palestinian human rights with Catherine Hutton of the local Derry Palestinian Solidarity Committee and two of six human rights NGOs who have recently faced criminalisation.

An online event, Pinochet + Amnesty, will take place on Wednesday 26th at 7.30pm, bringing the Bloody Sunday Trust and the Pat Finucane Center to provide a platform for families to make their voices heard in light of the UK Government’s latest proposals To provide. Victims of the Omagh Bombing, Glenanne Gang, Springhill Massacre, Shankill Bombing and Bloody Sunday will attend. Part two takes place on Friday, January 28 at 1pm, with Susan McKay in conversation with former Lt. Col., now Reverend Nicholas Mercer.

An online event focusing on “Racism and the Far Right in Ireland Today” will also be held on Friday, with a discussion with Shane O’Curry, director of the Irish Network Against Racism (INAR), and others on the dangers emanating from far-right groups in Ireland Ireland.

On Saturday 29th the Nerve Center will host the screening of ‘Ultraviolence’ at 12pm while at 1pm Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin will present ‘From Civil Rights To Language Rights’ with personal accounts of Bloody Sunday – from memories of the day itself and how it affected the city to later developments in the Irish language. This will be an online discussion in Irish with simultaneous translation into English. Additional screenings at the Nerve Center include “Love Yourself Today” at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday 29th and “Beyond the Barricades” at 4:00 p.m. on the same day.

The annual Bloody Sunday speech on Saturday 29th at 3pm in the Guildhall will be delivered by former Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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