CJ Professors Visit Northern Ireland
Professors Greg Warchol and Robert Hanson traveled to Belfast on a COPS research grant prepared by Dr. Warchol to study the origins of the Irish Conflict, the IRA and the opposing Loyalist paramilitary groups - the UVF and the UDF. The professors met with former members of the Provisional IRA obtaining their view on the history of what became known as the Troubles. Warchol and Hanson also met with a former British soldier who was assigned to Belfast during this period. They spent time in the Falls Road area of Belfast where both the IRA and UDF were formed and much of the fighting took place from 1969 to the early 2000s. The professors saw dozens of the rather famous street murals that document the activities of IRA and UDF groups and memorialize the dead members of both groups in the conflict. This neighborhood is split in two by a British built, large metal wall running miles long that separates the Catholics from the Protestants. Finally, they visited the large Catholic Cemetery where hundreds of IRA volunteers, activists and victims of Protestant violence are interred including Bobby Sands and Bernadette Devlin.
|Wall Mural of Bobby Sands, PIRA volunteer who died as a result of a two month long hunger strike in the Maze Prison|
|Wall Mural of armed IRA volunteers on a Falls Road street|
|Grave memorial of IRA members killed by British soldiers|
|Wall Mural of the Lone Gunman representing a Protestant (Loyalist) paramilitary|
|Wall Mural showing a mythical Irish hero with two armed IRA members below|