Death on Night of Bloody Violence

EXHIBITION : NORTHERN IRELAND 1969

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On a night when six people died across Northern Ireland, one of the victims was a young boy. In the Falls Road area of Belfast, there were vicious clashes between Protestants and Catholics.

  • Title
    Belfast Riots Aftermath
  • 1st Broadcast
    15/08/1969
  • Contributor
    Barry Linnane (Reporter)
    Kevin Healy (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:53
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Death on Night of Bloody Violence
  • Extended description

    On a night when six people died across Northern Ireland, one of the victims was a young boy. In the Falls Road area of Belfast, there were vicious clashes between Protestants and Catholics.

    Reporter Barry Linnane records the raw anger of Catholics, who accuse the 'B' Specials of leading Protestant rioters. Linnane speaks to some of those who witnessed the events who say there is no law and order at all.

    Kevin Healy reports on shootings in Divis Street, where one of those killed was nine-year-old Patrick Rooney. Part of the report is mute and shows the blood-stained bed where Patrick was shot dead.

    Healy also reports that the RTÉ camera crew who were filming in the area were trapped for a while due the firing. There was another fatality of a man, whose body was found on the roof of Divis Street flats and believed to be a soldier who was on compassionate leave. The people of the flats anticipate that there will be further trouble tonight.

  • Information

    RTÉ News reports on the bloody violence that has taken place in Belfast broadcast on 15 August 1969.

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland 1969, August 1969, Belfast, Violence, Falls Road, Protestants, Catholics, Barry Linnane, B-Specials, Kevin Healy, Patrick Rooney, Divis Street
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Belfast
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    N3601/0069A
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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