Dr. John Foster, our resident historian and one of our adult reference librarians, shares a free lecture about one of the most infamous days in Irish history, Bloody Sunday. He describes the events, what led up to them, and their terrible consequences.

If you want, you can view Dr. Foster’s PowerPoint presentation here, as well.

On Sunday, Jan. 30, 1972, British troops opened fire on a civil-rights demonstration, killing 13 people, in Derry, North Ireland. The event accelerated the violence of that era, euphemistically known as “the Troubles.”

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II, the Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library. Those who are interested in Irish history will also want to watch Foster’s talk on the Easter Uprising of 1916 on our YouTube channel.