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Kevin Myers: 'A society that remembers never escapes past'

Published 31/01/2012 | 17:00

The pictures of Barney McGuigan being murdered by a paratrooper in Derry 40 years ago are widely known. They show a brave and decent soul being ruthlessly gunned down as he sought to help another man. Less remembered is the heroic goodness shown by his widow not long afterwards.

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Clearing a way on the kitchen floor, she told her son Charles to kneel below a picture of the Sacred Heart and to swear "that I would never do anything about my father's death that would bring shame on the name of the family ... I have honoured that promise to this day."

The above quote comes from Douglas Murray's superb analysis of the Saville Enquiry, published by Biteback publishing. Bloody Sunday remains the great towering atrocity in the popular memory of the Troubles -- so much so that despite the £200m (€239m) spent on Saville, and the very abject apology from British Prime Minister David Cameron, 'The Late Late Show' nonetheless felt compelled to revisit it a couple of weeks ago, as if it was some uniquely terrible event for which justice had still not been done.

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