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"Bloody Sunday" Commemoration Event
Tuesday, January 30

Event Announcement


George Cuddy • 21 January 2007

I would like to invite you to a very special event on Tuesday, January 30 at The Plough & Stars in Cambridge. This date marks the 35th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" massacre that took place in Derry, Northern Ireland and the Irish Freedom Committee will be hosting a commemoration ceremony to honor the memory of the victims of this epic tragedy: fourteen unarmed, civilian protestors taking part in a civil rights march who were shot and killed by British troops.  

John Gilligan, an Irish singer/songwriter from New York , longtime Boston musician Pete Cassani (of The Peasants) and Celtic band Erin Og are scheduled to perform acoustic sets. The commemoration ceremony itself will include a brief history of �Bloody Sunday,� a moment of silence for the victims and poetry readings from distinguished guests. In addition, an assortment of Irish musicians will be playing impromptu sets throughout the course of the day and night.  

The schedule for the event is as follows:  

  • 6:00 pm - Pete Cassani
  • 7:15 pm - John Gilligan (first set)
  • 8:15 pm - "Bloody Sunday" Commemoration Ceremony
  • 8:45 pm - John Gilligan (second set)
  • 9:30 pm - Erin Og  

The Plough & Stars, which opens at 11:30 AM on weekdays and closes at 1:00 AM, will be creating a special Irish-themed lunch and dinner menu for the day of the event. Drink specials will also be featured. The partners who operate the pub � Jennifer Lockwood, Brendan Curtis and Tim Carey � are donating the use of the facility free of charge for the occasion. Admission is free.  

Slainte, George    

For further information, please visit these links:  
The Bloody Sunday Trust  
The Irish Freedom Committee
The Plough & Stars
912 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 617.576.0032  
John Gilligan  
Pete Cassani (of The Peasants)  
Erin Og  
George Cuddy    

An article by George Cuddy for The Bridge News:

If the term �Bloody Sunday� had only been used as a moniker for the events of January 30, 1972 in Derry, Northern Ireland , it would have been enough of an egregious description for a massacre. Sadly, though, the term can also be applied to two other dates in history: January 22, 1905 and November 21, 1920.

The former took place in St. Petersburg, Russia, when close to a thousand unarmed, peaceful demonstrators attempting to deliver petitions to Tsar Nicholas II at his winter palace were killed by police and army forces. The latter took place in Dublin during the Irish War of Independence: British forces fired into a crowd gathered for a Gaelic football match at Croke Park between clubs from Dublin and Tipperary . Fourteen innocent spectators were killed in apparent retaliation for Irish Republican Army assassinations of known double-agents and spies (enemy combatants) earlier in the day.

Eerily, fourteen individuals from a 30,000 person-strong march organized by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association were shot to death by members of the 1st Battalion of the British Parachute Regiment some 52 years later. Thanks in part to the continued popularity of the U2 song �Sunday Bloody Sunday,� released in 1983, the tragedy in Derry has at least been kept in the public eye � even if that means just for the toe-tapping and finger-clicking legions of the band�s fans.

There is, of course, far more to the stories. Among the realities and similarities, these: paramilitary troops firing indiscriminately on non-threatening civilians; public dissent banished by elements of totalitarian governments; official inquiries filled with inaccuracies and deceit.

That a single phrase such as �Bloody Sunday� could span an entire century to define three atrocities is remarkable. On January 30, 2007, there will be a 35th anniversary commemoration event at The Plough & Stars in Cambridge to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in Derry . As well, special mention will be made of 1905 in St. Petersburg and 1920 in Dublin . A correlation, clearly, can be made to the present day � whether it is in Iraq , Afghanistan or within the continental United States (NYPD 51 shots, etc.).

Is it too much of a clich� to mention the George Santayana quote? No. We have indeed been condemned, over and over again, to repeat history. Some of us, though, cannot forget. The struggle continues, the pain endures and it is our responsibility � as humane, human beings � to deny a fourth Bloody Sunday.






































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