Cathal Brennan and John Dorney here talk to Kieran Glennon, author of From Pogrom to Civil War, on the ‘Belfast Pogrom’ of 1920-1922.
We place the eruption of violence in Belfast in the context of the Irish War of Independence and of the long history of sectarian rioting in that city.
We discuss the role of state forces in particular the Ulster Special Constabulary and loyalist paramilitaries such as the Ulster Protestant Association.
The Truce of July 11 1921 coincided with some of the worst violence in the city, including Belfast’s Bloody Sunday of July 10, 1921.
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.