A DOCUMENTARY detailing one of the most vicious episodes of the Northern Ireland Troubles is set to air on Irish TV tonight.
In the year 2001, three years after the Good Friday Agreement was signed which aimed to put an end to violent sectarianism in the six northern counties, a group of schoolchildren were regularly abused, harassed and even attacked each morning on their way to school.
In Ardoyne, North Belfast, primary school students in the girls' Catholic Holy Cross school were subjected to these attacks for weeks as they were forced to walk through a mainly Protestant area to reach the school gates.
Loyalists blocked the entrance to the school and threw stones at those trying to enter, and as the weeks went on, the protests grew in aggression, and the RUC were called in to protect the children on their walk through residential areas.
In September 2001, a pipe bomb was thrown at police and the little girls were caught in the explosion, an act which caused outrage across the island of Ireland and far beyond.
Images of their tear-streaked faces became one of the immortalised, chilling moments from the unrest in Northern Ireland, and a new RTÉ documentary set to air tonight will explore the 'Holy Cross disputes' further.
You can check out Scannal: Holy Cross- Children in the Crossfire on RTÉ One tonight at 7pm, or for those not at home, you can watch it on the RTÉ Player.
To read more about the Holy Cross disputes and the wide-ranging effect it had on the Ardoyne area and Northern Ireland as a whole, you can do so here.