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CLIP 11579

Unionists remember their past

Unionists remember their past
Key Info
  • Unionists remember their past
  • Duration: 04:22
  • The Profile of a UDA and UFF man and also the importance of the Somme in the Loyalist tradition. The culture of Protestant Unionist Northern Ireland holds two events from history very dear to its heart: the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and the Battle of the Somme 1916. The Somme is particularly poignant because so many men of this community were killed on the first day of the battle. The Unionist community see this sacrifice as a reason why the British government should repay their loyalty by keeping Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom. At the same time, these loyal Unionists came to regard Catholics as disloyal and enemies. At the most extreme, these feelings led some Unionists to join paramilitary organisations. Taken from Essential History of The Troubles, first broadcast in 1994.
  • Subject:



    Northern Ireland in the 20th Century

  • Keywords: Unionist, Loyalist, Somme, Boyne, paramilitary, UDA, UFF, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland
Ideas for use in class
  • Debate this question: Did the history of Ireland make it inevitable that some men would become Loyalist paramilitaries, or was history simply used to justify what they decided to do?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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