A series of commemorative events marked the 46th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Derry, including the annual Mass, minute’s silence and family memorial service.

Visitors are urged to visit the poignant 'In Their Footsteps' shoe exhibition, which will be on display within the Museum of Free Derry this week. These shoes were gathered during the island-wide In Their Footsteps campaign for truth, with over 200 pairs donated by families bereaved in the conflict and exhibited in Dublin, London and Belfast. This year we relaunch In Their Footsteps with a call for families to contribute to this ever-growing display highlighting the lack of progress in historic cases.


Monday 22 January (until 31 January)

Event: Exhibition on The Legacy of Colonialism, created by the Pat Finucane Centre.

Venue: Foyer of Rath Mor Centre, Creggan

This powerful exhibition details the impact of British colonialism in eight different countries (Kenya, Cyprus, Palestine etc), linking various methods of repression that were all too common here in Ireland.


Friday 26 January @ 7.30pm

Event: Anniversary Mass

Venue: St Mary’s Church, Creggan. All welcome.


Saturday 27 January @ 2pm

Event: The Museum of Free Derry & Nerve Centre Presents Cardboard Gangsters with John Connors Q&A after screening.

Venue: The Nerve Centre Cinema, Magazine Street.

One of Ireland's most popular actors, John Connors, will visit Derry for a special screening of his latest film, Cardboard Gangsters, at the Nerve Centre. A Q&A session with the actor will follow. Over the last number of years, John Connors has become one of Ireland’s fastest rising stars. Connors co-wrote the screenplay for Cardboard Gangsters, in which he also plays the lead role of a part time DJ who attempts to gain control of the drug trade in a Dublin. The thriller became Ireland’s highest grossing film in 2017.  Free admission.


Saturday 27 January @ 5pm

Event: Decky McLaughlin, Derry singer/songwriter

Venue: The Scullery Cafe, Waterloo Street


Sunday 28 January @ 11am

Event: Annual Memorial Service

Venue: Bloody Sunday Memorial, Rossville Street.



Sunday 28 January @ 7pm - 9pm, with Jimmy McGovern, Sean Murray & Eimhear O’Neill.

Panel Discussion: Rewriting History on Film

Venue: The Museum of Free Derry

The Museum of Free Derry will host a fascinating panel discussion on radical film-making and social change. The panel of guests will share their experiences of rewriting - and often challenging - official narratives of events that changed the landscape. Speakers will include BAFTA-winning screen writer Jimmy McGovern, who is also now a patron of the Bloody Sunday Trust, Sean Murray, director of the forthcoming Unquiet Graves film, and Eimhear O’Neill, co-producer on the recent Loughinisland film, No Stone Unturned. Limited seating will be available, so early arrival is advised. All welcome. Chaired by Irish Times correspondent, Freya McClements.


Monday 29 January @ 7.30pm

Film Screening: No Stone Unturned

Venue: The Gasyard, Lecky Road.

This hard-hitting documentary by award-winning American documentary maker Alex Gibney pieces together the awful events in Loughinisland in 1994 when six people were murdered while watching football in a County Down pub.


Tuesday 30 January @ 2.45pm

Event: Preview of the findings of a new Pat Finucane Centre research publication, The Impact of the Parachute Regiment in Belfast, 1970-1973, by Micheál Smith, PFC Caseworker.

Venue: The Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park


Tuesday 30 January @ 4pm

Event: Minute’s Silence in remembrance of Bloody Sunday

Venue: Bloody Sunday Memorial, Rossville Street


Tuesday 30 January @ 7.30pm

Event: Annual Bloody Sunday Memorial Lecture, by Professor Phil Scraton.

Venue: The Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park

Fractured Lives, Dissenting Voices, Recovering Truth: Hillsborough activist Professor Phil Scraton reflects on four decades of in-depth research into deaths involving state institutions – Hillsborough, Prisons and Ireland – focusing on his work with the bereaved, survivors and their advocates.

Phil Scraton PhD, DLaws (Hon), is Professor Emeritus in the School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast. His research has included controversial deaths and the state, rights of the bereaved and survivors following disasters and the politics of incarceration. He led the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s research team and was lead author of its ground-breaking 2013 Report, Hillsborough. He was advisor to the families’ legal teams throughout the inquests, and the new edition of Hillsborough: The Truth was published in 2016. Chaired by former BBC reporter, Paul McFadden.