January 30, 2010

Toaday's Tune: "Sunday Bloody Sunday" By U2

"Sunday Bloody Sunday" is our 'Today's Tune', in rememberance of the events that occurred in Derry (a.k.a. Londonderry), Northern Ireland on January 30, 1972, during what is refferred to as 'The Troubles'. That January 30th is known as 'Bloody Sunday', for unforgettable and tragic reasons.

Intoduction on Wikipedia's 'Bloody Sunday' (1972) page:

Bloody Sunday (Irish: Domhnach na Fola)[1]—sometimes called the Bogside Massacre[2]—was an incident on 30 January 1972 in the Bogside area of Derry,[3] Northern Ireland. Twenty-seven civil rights protesters were shot by the British Army Parachute Regiment during a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march.[4] Thirteen people, seven of whom were teenagers, died immediately, while the death of another person 4½ months later has been attributed to the injuries he received on the day. Two protesters were injured when they were run down by army vehicles.[5] Many witnesses, including bystanders and journalists, testify that all those shot were unarmed. Five of those wounded were shot in the back.[6]

Two investigations have been held by the British Government. The Widgery Tribunal, held in the immediate aftermath of the event, largely cleared the soldiers and British authorities of blame — Widgery described the soldiers' shooting as "bordering on the reckless" — but was criticised by many as a "whitewash"[7][8][9] including by former chief of staff to Tony Blair, Jonathan Powell.[10] The Saville Inquiry, established in 1998 to look at the events again (chaired by Lord Saville of Newdigate), was expected to report in late 2009 but has now been delayed until March 2010[11].

The Provisional Irish Republican Army's (IRA) campaign against the partition of Ireland had begun in the two years prior to Bloody Sunday, but perceptions of the day boosted the status of and recruitment into the organisation enormously.[12] Bloody Sunday remains among the most significant events in the Troubles of Northern Ireland, chiefly due to the fact that it was carried out by the army and not paramilitaries, and in full public and press view.[2]...

This is a part of Irish history that has been chronicled and and rightfully made unforgettable through varius mediums, including song and film. The most memorable film made about it is the 2002 television film, 'Bloody Sunday'.

Content, Casting and Production from Wikipedia's 'Bloody Sunday' (TV Film) page:


The drama shows the events of the day through the eyes of Ivan Cooper, the Protestant Stormont Member of Parliament (for the Social Democratic and Labour Party) who was a central organiser of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Derry on 30 January 1972. The march ended when British paratroopers fired on the demonstrators, killing thirteen instantly and wounding another thirteen, one of whom died 4½ months later from injuries he received on that day.

The soundtrack contains only one piece of music, a live version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2 which plays over the closing credits.

Casting & Production

Cooper is played by James Nesbitt, himself a Protestant from Northern Ireland, and a number of the military characters were played by ex-members of the British army. Gerry Donaghy was played by Declan Duddy, nephew of Jackie Duddy, one of those killed on Bloody Sunday. Big Brother 2007 (UK) housemate Seány O'Kane was in the film as well.[1]...

U2 - "Sunday Bloody Sunday" Live (mixed source tribute)

'Bloody Sunday' 2002 TV Movie Trailer

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