British Troops for Bogside

EXHIBITION : NORTHERN IRELAND 1969

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Reporters Tom McCaughren and Pat Sweeney on the arrival of British troops in Derry.

  • Title
    British Troops in Bogside, Derry
  • 1st Broadcast
    14/08/1969
  • Contributor
    Tom McCaughren (Reporter)
    Pat Sweeney (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:05
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    British Troops for Bogside
  • Extended description

    Reporters Tom McCaughren and Pat Sweeney on the arrival of British troops in Derry.

    The troops arrived in the city in jeeps and large lorries which were covered over with protective steel mesh. About 100 troops jumped out and took up positions along Victoria Quay with rifles and sub-machine guns at the ready. They then moved in to Waterloo Place and are now in the act of sealing off William Street and Waterloo Street which lead into the Bogside.

    While smoke still bellows over the Bogside, the troops are armed with gas and are wearing gas masks as they mingle with members of the 'B' Specials.

    A RUC spokesman stated that in the future, the 'B' Specials will carry rifles and guns. The job of the troops is to protect the commercial premises in Waterloo Place and the nearby police station at Victoria Barracks.

    Bernadette Devlin voices her opinions on the arrival of the troops from behind the barricades in the Bogside, "There can be no talking with the British army until we know what they are here for."


    There is currently a lull in violence, which Catholics say is only due to the fact that the RUC has stopped attacking them.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report by Tom McCaughren and Pat Sweeney on the arrival of British troops in Derry.
    This report was broadcast on 14 August 1969.

    The accompanying image shows British army troops setting up barricades on the streets of Derry on 18 August 1969. This image is taken from RTÉ News footgae of that day.

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland 1969, August 1969, British Troops, Derry, Londonderry, Tom McCaughren, Pat Sweeney, Bogside, B-Specials, RUC, Bernadette Devlin, Northern Ireland, 1969, British Army
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Derry
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    A6072
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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