In August 1969 thousands of people demonstrated in expressions of emotional solidarity with northern nationalists, as news spread of violence in Belfast, Derry and elsewhere. As refugees fled south, many donated to funds for Northern relief while a cross section of society pledged themselves to aid ‘our people’ north of the border. Many sensed an end to partition itself was in the offing. In this 50th anniversary year of the start of the Troubles, Brian will consider why this mood emerged and where did it go?
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