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April 19,

Widgery Report into Bloody Sunday Slammed. The Sullivans

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1972:Publication of  the Widgery Report into the events of Bloody Sunday brings an avalanche of criticism and incredulity amongst nationalist and independent commentators. Widgery’s finding would later be discredited by the Saville Tribunal and Prime Minister David Cameron would apologize for the events of Bloody Sunday, stating the killings were “unjustified and unjustifiable”, but the man who served as the Lord Chief Justice of England from 1971-80 found that British paratroopers were not responsible for the deaths of 13 civilians on the day and that “there would have been no deaths in Londonderry on 30 January if those who organised the illegal march had not thereby created a highly dangerous situation in which a clash between demonstrators and the security forces was almost inevitable.” Despite all evidence to the contrary, Widgery stated “There was no general breakdown in discipline.”

Widgery’s report violated any remaining trust (which was very little at this stage) Irish nationalists had in British justice or impartiality. It provided one more effective recruiting arm for the IRA.

Tony Doherty who was 9 when his father was gunned down states:

” In some respects what actually happened after Bloody Sunday was a more embittering experience than the actual killings. There we were, under the full glare of the world’s media; people saw what happened, and attested before courts and tribunals as to what happened. But the final word was that everybody had got it wrong, the media had got it wrong, the people in the street had got it wrong, the relatives had got it wrong, and the only people who had got it right were the Brits. The most galling aspect of Bloody Sunday for me is the denial of truth.”

The Guardian newspaper provides excellent overview of the Widgery and Saville reports.

1997: US Navy commissions The Sullivans, the second ship to be named after the five Sullivan brothers who perished on the USS Juneau, November 1942 during the Battle of Guadalcanal. The Sullivans were descendants of Irish immigrants.

The Five Sullivan Brothers

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February 14,

48 Die In Night Club Blaze. The Sullivan Brothers. Irish Rugby Grand Slam

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1878: Author Daniel Corkery is born in Cork city.

1921: Three IRA prisoners Ernie O’Malley, Frank Teeling and Simon Donnelly escape from Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. They had been arrested for involvement in the Bloody Sunday killings of the infamous Cairo gang.

1924: Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament in 1924) Written Dail answer:

TADHG O MURCHADHA asked the Minister for Defence whether he is aware that James Hunt, of Timoleague, Co. Cork, whose son was fatally shot by a member of the National Army on April 8th, 1923, has been offered a sum of £10 compensation, and whether, in view of the inadequate nature of the award, he will have the case reconsidered?

General MULCAHY (Minister for Defence): I regret that it is not practicable to increase the sum of £10 which has been paid to the father of the late James Hunt, not as compensation, for the loss of his son, but merely as an ex-gratia grant to cover funeral and incidental expenses. There is no legal liability on the military authorities to pay any compensation.

1942: The USS Juneau is commissioned at Brooklyn Navy Yard. The ship would become horribly famous as the vessel which carried the five Sullivan brothers to their death, November 13 1942 after it was hit by a Japanese torpedo at the Battle of Guadalcanal. Only 10 of the almost 700 crew survived. The Sullivan brothers were descendants of an Irish immigrant.

The Five Sullivan Brothers

1948: In rugby, Ireland defeats England 11-10 at Twickenham, London. Ireland would go on to win the Grand Slam (defeating England, Wales, Scotland and France) this year, a feat they would not repeat for another sixty-one years (2009). For video of the Irish victory.

Ireland 1948 Grand Slam team

1981: Forty-eight people die in a fire at the Stardust club in Artane Dublin. After sitting for 122 days and hearing evidence from three hundred and sixty three witnesses, a government report found that the fire was “probably started deliberately,” a finding long deemed contentious. The 2009 Report of Reopened Enquiry found that “on a prima facie basis:

(1) that neither the Tribunal nor the Committee have identified any evidence which can establish the cause of the fire;

(2) that the new and other evidence relied upon by the Committee at its highest merely establishes that the fire began in the roof space but does not establish its point of origin or cause.

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