Police under attack during the civil rights demonstration in the Bogside area of Derry city. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Getty

How the Troubles broke out. February 1967: The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) is founded as a non-sectarian organisation to tackle(...)

An image from the Lost Moment exhibition at the Gallery of Photography. October 1968: Mrs Ferguson and husband James, in Derry. Photograph: Tony McGrath/Observer

It is the vivid faces that stand out most clearly in the photographs currently on display in the National Gallery of Photography in Dublin’s Temple Ba(...)

Man being led away past a police waterwagon after he was injured during the police baton charge at the civil rights march.

A thud. I didn’t know what hit me. Rapid pulsating in my head. With the second clout, reality struck. Christ, it’s a baton. I’m hit. Shouting “press, (...)

County Inspector William Meharg warning the demonstrators on the Derry civil rights march on October 5th, 1968, that any attempt to march along the prohibited route was illegal and would be resisted. Photograph: The Irish Times

Eamonn McCann walked through Derry’s Bogside the morning after October 5th, 1968, when a civil rights march heading for the city centre had been stopp(...)

The first lecture will be delivered by Bernadette McAliskey, who was a prominent civil rights campaigner and, as Bernadette Devlin, the youngest woman elected to Westminster. Photograph:  Frank Barratt/Keystone/Getty Images

A new 10-week course in Belfast will hear nationalist, unionist and other perspectives on the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland. The course a(...)

Michael McLoughlin, in front of the former police station in Dungannon, Co Tyrone,  where he went to hand in the notice applying for the march.

Fifty years ago, on the evening of August 24th, 1968, crowds began to gather in the square in Coalisland, Co Tyrone. Men, women and children, they ca(...)

Former MP for Stormount Austin Currie in Kinnard Park, Caledon, where in 1968 his housing protest there helped instigate the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

On the evening of June 20th, 1968, Austin Currie sent a letter of thanks to Mrs McKenna, of Kinnard Park, Caledon. “I think today we have made histor(...)

Seamus Mallon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Sinn Féin has been criticised for attempting to block former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon being made a freeman of Drogheda on (...)

Fred Heatley, right, at the Irish News

Fred Heatley, who has died in his native Belfast, made history as one of the founders of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA). He als(...)

An undated family handout photo of Fred Heatley a founder of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, who has died aged 82. Photograph: PA

A founder of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland has died aged 82. Fred Heatley was beaten and arrested as a march was stopped by police on(...)

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