Derry Journal – The 1960s: A Decade in Focus

Derry Journal – The 1960s: A Decade in Focus


Compiled by Sean McLaughlin

Derry in the 1960s was a city brimming with ambition and potential. Change, for the better, was apparent everywhere – in sport, music and, of course, in politics.

Many of the city’s ‘golden generation’ – John Hume, Brian Friel, Jobby Crossan and Dana – were beginning their rise to glory. Derry was looking to the future.

However, it was also a city hurtling towards catastrophe. By the end of the 1960s, the lid had blown on a rage that had been simmering for decades. A city that had started the decade full of hope ended it on the verge of civil war. Throughout this period, Derry Journal photographers captured the highs and lows, triumphs and tragedies taking place around them.

This new photographic compilation from the archives of the Journal tells the extraordinary story of a place and its people in the years leading up to the outbreak of the Troubles. Many of the images are being seen for the first time ever and are not available elsewhere. These photos take us on a fascinating, evocative, poignant and, at times, emotional journey. A wonderful snapshot of an era lost in time.


Weight 1.2 kg
Dimensions 24 × 2.0 × 21 cm
Book Author

Sean McLaughlin








Guildhall Press