Cathal Brennan and John Dorney here talk to Kieran Glennon, author of From Pogrom to Civil War, on the ‘Belfast Pogrom’ of 1920-1922.
There were disturbances in 1912-13 but large scale violence began in July 1920 with the mass expulsions of Catholics and left wing Protestants from their job in the Belfast shipyards by loyalists militants.
Further deadly rioting followed in August of that year, with dozens of fatalities. Over the following two years about 500 people lost their lives in that city.
We also talk about Michael Collins and the abortive IRA Northern offensive of May 1922.
Finally, Kieran talks about how the violence of the 1920s fed into the later Troubles that broke out in the late 1960s.