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Schoolgirl crying during Holy Cross conflict HOLY CROSS - '...then it got all silent and everyone was shaking and everyone was holding onto their mummy's hand tight.' - Shannon Irvine, Holy Cross primary school
Watch a Denis Murray news report on the Holy Cross conflict Watch Tara Mills report on the Holy Cross conflict
Read the transcript of a Denis Murray news report on the Holy Cross conflict Read the transcript of a Tara Mills report on the Holy Cross conflict

For twelve weeks in 2001 Holy Cross primary school, located in the Protestant Glenbryn estate in north Belfast, was the focus of conflict. The scenes of naked sectarianism, including the throwing of a blast bomb, horrified television viewers around the world.

Community Voices

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Listen to some of the voices at the centre of the dispute from the little girl prepared to forgive to the community worker who wants rid of the school.

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Political Voices

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Did the Glenbryn Protestants abuse their legitimate right to protest? Find out what the politicians thought and then judge for yourself.

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Take a tour of an interface area in Belfast.

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Image of (from left to right): Peter Shirlow,  Brendan McAllister, Karin Eyben and David McKittrick

Four experts give their views on reporting, mediating and understanding the dynamics of conflict, whether social or institutional.

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