Bloody Sunday 1920

Published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, Issue 3 (Autumn 2003), Letters, Letters, Revolutionary Period 1912-23, Volume 11

Sir,—Your otherwise excellent article on Bloody Sunday 1920 was spoiledfor this reader, and I would imagine many others, by the words ‘Was thegovernment claim that their forces were fired on first true?’ At thattime the legitimate government of Ireland was Dáil Éireann, to whichthe vast majority of the Irish people gave their allegiance. The forcesof the British Crown were foreign armed forces answering to an aliengovernment. There is a tendency today for some historians to refer tothese foreign bodies as ‘the security forces’, which they were not. Asyour publication is read by people who are not Irish, a falseimpression of the War of Independence might be created.
By the way, the word ‘iompair’ in Coras Iompair Éireann is not ‘Iompar’ as in your article on Busaras.

—Yours etc.,
BRIAN P. Ó CINNEIDE
Durban, South Africa

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