The Bloody Sunday Trust were among the coalition of groups to establish the powerful ‘In Their Footsteps’ campaign in 2014.
About the campaign
Mobilised by hundreds of bereaved relatives and injured from across Ireland, this campaign saw families donate pairs of shoes representing their loved ones. Together, we created a ‘sea of shoes’ as a reminder of Ireland’s lost and ruined lives, exhibiting them in the streets of major cities like O’Connell Street in Dublin, along Downing Street and outside the Ministry of Defence in London, and in various locations throughout Belfast and Derry. These shoes are a powerful visual reminder of just how many lives remain torn apart by the conflict - and the urgent need for truth and answers that still exists today.
Calling on authorities to ‘Set the Truth Free’, campaigners intend to bring pressure on the Irish and British governments to set in place an acceptable means of dealing with the past that can achieve the results these families need. Events also provided families and individuals with a rare opportunity to engage with an interested public and tell their story.
This campaign belongs to everyone and has been organised by a coalition of groups and individuals, including the Pat Finucane Centre, Bloody Sunday Trust, Justice for the Forgotten, (including the Dublin, Monaghan, Dundalk, Castleblaney and Belturbet bombings) the Ballymurphy Massacre families, and families linked to McGurks Bar, the MRF cases, the Glenanne gang, plastic and rubber bullet deaths, Mount Vernon, Kelly’s Bar, Miami Showband survivors and a large number of individual families.
If you or your family want to get involved in this ongoing campaign, contact the Bloody Sunday Trust on: 71 360880 or the Pat Finucane Centre on: 71 268846.
Shoes 1 – The O'Brien Family, who died in the Parnell Street Dublin Bombing, 17 May 1974 (Antrim Lens).jpg
The O'Brien Family, who died in the Parnell Street Dublin Bombing, 17 May 1974 (Antrim Lens)
Shoes representing eleven year-old Stephen McConomy, who was shot and killed by a plastic bullet, fired by a British soldier, near his home in Derry in 1982. (Peter McKane)
For more photographs of the 'In Their Footsteps' campaign - see our Galleries section.