By April 1970, when Derry Republicans commemorated the Easter Rising, clashes between young people and the British army had become a daily occurrence.

  • Splits in Republican Movement

    Disagreement on how to relate to a dramatically changed situation had led to the Republican Movement splitting in January 1970 into the Officials and Provisionals.  Both groups had benefited from events since 1968.

  • Violence escalates

    1971 saw a steady escalation in violence across the north. The first British soldier to die in Derry perished in a petrol bombing at Westland Street on 1 March.