IRA Ceasefire: Tears and violence that marked 25 troubled years

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The killing of Barney McGuigan and 13 other Catholics by the British Army in Londonderry's Bogside on Bloody Sunday, 30 January, 1972, set the seal on two decades of violent confrontation, bringing death to British towns such as Warrington, where an IRA bomb killed two boys, Tim Parry and Jonathan Ball, in March 1993, and a high-profile Army presence in working-class areas of Belfast, such as the Falls Road

The Balaclava and petrol bomb became icons of a republican paramilitary struggle fuelled by symbols of defiance such as wall paintings. The IRA struck at the political establishment when it tried to kill Margaret Thatcher in a bombing at the Grand Hotel, Brighton, in October 1984.

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