The troubles is a common name of Northern-nationalist conflicts in Northern Ireland, which began in the late 1960s and is usually deemed to have ended with the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. It lasted for 33 years and led to over 3,000 deaths, including 1,617 in Belfast alone.
Britain invaded Ireland and claimed ownership. In 1919, the Irish revolted against British rule. An Independent Irish state came into being with 26 southern counties, however; however the six counties of Northern Ireland remained part of the United Kingdom. The two separate ideologies and political instability in Norther Ireland sparked the conflict in 1966. The majority of the population supported unification with Britain and significant number of people also supported reunification with the Republic of Ireland. In 1969, the British military intervened to restore the law and order.
Father Hugh, 37, was killed during Monday night’s bloodbath in Belfast, which occurred after the announcement of internment of terrorists, after attempting to give last rites to a wounded parishioner. He was curate of St John’s in Falls Road and he will be buried in his home town of Portaferry in County Down, Northern Ireland
During a lull in the recent current wave of disorders which had flared up in a show of strength by a breakaway group of the Irish Republican Army earlier in the week. Club wielding republican extremists had forcefully halted traffic during the funerals of catholic riot victims. 2 Nov, 1971