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ESPN 30 for 30 series to focus on Hillsborough and 1994 Loughinisland massacre

The films are due to air in April, each with football as a central subject in preparation for the World Cup.

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ESPN’S ACCLAIMED SERIES of sports documentaries, 30 for 30 will unveil a new series this April.

In preparation to this summer’s World Cup, the American network has commissioned its films to centre around a football theme.

The series will include a 30-minute film focusing on the 1994 Loughinisland massacre which took place during the Republic of Ireland’s 1 – 0 World Cup group win over Italy in New York.

Ceasefire Massacre,” says the preview from ESPN, “will reveal how the juxtaposition of the jubilation felt inside Giants Stadium against the horrors of what happened in the Heights Bar, encapsulated the mood of the time.

“After 25-years of conflict, Ireland and her people longed for peace and prosperity but the brutalities of the violence in the North were never far from the surface.”

In addition to Ceasefire Massacre, there will be five more 30 minute films and two feature length documentaries; Hillborough and White, Blue and White (charting the career of Ossie Adiles in England).

You can view the full list and details of films due to be released under the 30 for 30 banner this spring here.

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