Wee Warriors: Youth Involvement in the Norther Irish Troubles

Sam R Neill


The Northern Irish “Troubles” refers to the bloody 30-year conflict, from 1968 to 1998, largely centered in Belfast between the Loyalist who wanted Northern Ireland to remain part of Great Britain and the Republicans who wanted independence. The extremely violent conflict took more than 3,600 lives, resulted in more than 40,000 serious injuries, and deeply affected almost every person in Northern Ireland. The violence occurred almost daily, right in the city streets. Of particular note is the extent to which Northern Irish youth were involved in the struggle and the degree of the sacrifice many made for the respective causes. This study seeks to gain insight into the reasons for this element of this unique conflict.


Ethnic conflict

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v4i0.2777

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