Northern Ireland

Candlelit procession marks 50th anniversary of New Lodge killings

Newlodge six 50th anniversary. Picture Mal McCann.
Newlodge six 50th anniversary. Picture Mal McCann.

A candlelit procession in north Belfast has marked the 50th anniversary of the killing of six men in the New Lodge area.

Jim Sloan and Jim McCann were shot by loyalists on February 3 1973, while Tony Connolly, Brendan Maguire, John Loughran and Ambrose Hardy were killed by the British army the following day.

A new15-minute documentary compiled by film maker Sean Murray was projected onto the tower block in New Lodge from where the British army snipers fired on the latter victims.

On Saturday, an exhibition will be on display in the hall of the Duncairn Centre from 10am, while in the afternoon the 30-minute film Community Inquiry from 2002 will be shown.

Following the viewing, a panel will discuss the campaign for truth in this case and the implications of the British government’s legacy bill.