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June 15,

Bloody Sunday Inquiry. David Cameron Apology. First Non-Stop Transatlantic Flight on this day in Irish History.

June 15: TODAY in Irish History:


Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Chicago Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.


1919:  Aviators Alcock and Brown complete the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919 crashlanding a modified World War I Vickers Vimy bomber in a bog near Clifden Co. Galway. The flight originated  from St. John’s, Newfoundland the previous day.

Alcock and Brown plane at Clifden


2010: Results of Bloody Sunday Inquiry under the aegis of  Lord Saville are published twelve years after it was established by Prime Minister Tony Blair. The hard-hitting inquiry results made a mockery of the Widgery Tribunal whitewash of 1972 and elicited a historic apology from Prime Minister David Cameron in the House of Commons.

Saville’s core finding  (Volume I Chapter 5) found “The firing by soldiers of 1 PARA on Bloody Sunday caused the deaths of 13 people and injury to a similar number, none of whom was posing a threat of causing death or serious injury.”

Fr. Edward Daly Bloody Sunday

Fr. Edward Daly waving white hankie, Bloody Sunday. Fellow marchers carry the first victim to be shot, Jackie Duddy who “was running away from the soldiers when he was shot.” Saville Inquiry 3.93

Fr. Edward Daly, Bloody Sunday

He went on to state “What happened on Bloody Sunday strengthened the Provisional IRA, increased nationalist resentment and hostility towards the Army and exacerbated the violent conflict of the years that followed. Bloody Sunday was a tragedy for the bereaved and the wounded, and a catastrophe for the people of Northern Ireland.”

The terrible events of Bloody Sunday were further exacerbated some months later when a patently absurd whitewash of the paratroops conduct was delivered following the Widgery Report which proved to be the final nail in the hopes of moderate nationalists that justice would be seen to be done.


The Report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry

BBC complete report


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