Radio and theatre: Fifty years on, the events of Bloody Sunday still resonate

An Abbey Theatre reading of Richard Norton-Taylor’s powerful reaction to the the Saville Inquiry in 2010 illustrates the human suffering and the long wait for justice

A British soldier assaults a Catholic protester on Bloody Sunday. The atrocity perpetrated on January 30, 1972 united Irish people north and south of the border in disgust. Picture: Thompson/Getty

Fifty years ago on this day, Sunday, January 30, 1972, British forces opened fire on a gathering of unarmed civilians in Derry’s Bogside. They had assembled to protest against the British government’s policy of internment without trial. During the altercation, 26 civilians were shot; 14 of them died.

The incident was known as Derry's Bloody Sunday, a reference to a similar tragedy in 1920 at Croke Park, when the Royal Irish Constabulary shot 14 civilians ...