15th August 2019 will see the 50th Anniversary of the burning of Bombay Street and what was regarded as the beginning of the most recent conflict in the north of Ireland.
The Burning of Bombay Street, Dir. Vincent Kinnaird, 29mins, Notasuch Films Ltd, BBC.
On 15 August 1969 in an increasingly tense Belfast, Bombay Street was burned to the ground by a Loyalist mob. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, Lawrence Pitkethly, as a young Journalist, interviewed residents, community leaders and Clergy to try to make sense of the awful events that occurred. Over 40 years later, following a journalistic career in New York and Paris, he now revisits the street to find a cautious hope for peace in future generations.
Atógáil Shráid Bombay (The Rebuilding of Bombay Street) Dir. Vincent Kinnaird, 25 mins, Tobar Productions Ltd, TG4.
(In Irish/English with English subtitles.)
In the aftermath of the burning of Bombay Street in August ‘69, the local authorities reneged repeatedly on promises to rebuild the houses. At this time, a new radical group of Irish speakers had just completed the building work of a new development of homes, the Shaws Road Gaeltacht. This documentary examines why and how these dedicated Gaels set about this extraordinary project; The Rebuilding of Bombay Street.
There will be a short introduction by the film-maker. Photos courtesy of Gerry Collins