"Policemen to the Front of Us, Policemen to the back of Us ... No Way Out"


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In 1972, RTÉ Radio looked back at the Derry march of 5 October 1968 and talks to Austin Currie about his memories of the event.

  • Title
    Background to March
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Kevin O'Kelly (Reporter)
    Kevin B. Nowlan (Presenter)
    Kieran Sheedy (Producer)
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  • Series title
    World This Week
  • Clip title
    "Policemen to the Front of Us, Policemen to the back of Us ... No Way Out"
  • Extended description

    In 1972, RTÉ Radio looked back at the Derry march. In this clip, presenter Kevin O'Kelly gives the background to the march and Austin Currie recalls the march itself and the reaction of the RUC.

    In September 1968, the Civil Rights Association informed the RUC of a planned march through Derry. Five days before the date set, the Orange Apprentice Boys, told the police that they would follow the same route on the same day. William Craig, Minister for Home Affairs, banned all marches in Derry. The Apprentice Boys called off their parade but the Civil Rights Association continued with their plans. Austin Currie recounts the events of the day and the police baton charge which resulted in 96 injuries.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report for 'World This Week' on the Derry march.
    This report, by Kevin O'Kelly, was broadcast on 2 February, 1972.

    ‘World This Week’ was a current affairs radio programme presented by Kevin B. Nolan and produced by Kieran Sheedy.

  • Local keywords
    Civil Rights Movement, Derry, Londonderry, March, Kevin O'Kelly, Austin Currie, RUC, Civil Rights Association, Apprentice Boys, William Craig, 1968
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Northern Ireland, Derry, Londonderry
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
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  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Language used
    English (eng)