Friday 22 November 2019

Families in poignant tribute to 'forgotten' victims of atrocity

Fergus Black

Breege Ryan and Maura O'Hara, who lost their friend and cousin Ann Marren, at the memorial yesterday. Martin Nolan

EVEN after almost four decades, the memories of that awful day remain seared in the minds of relatives of the victims and of those who survived.

As Queen Elizabeth marked the first visit of a British monarch to the Irish Republic, the greatest loss of life in a single day of the Troubles was remembered on the streets of Dublin.

The Dublin and Monaghan bombings of May 17, 1974, which claimed the lives of 34 people, were remembered as wreaths were laid at the Talbot Street memorial in Dublin.

"As far as I'm concerned it ruined and destroyed my life," said Marie Sherry from Dundrum in Dublin, who was lucky to survive one of the no-warning car bombings in the city.

Marie, who was just 22 years old at the time, had been heading to Busaras to take a trip to the country to visit her aunt.

"I heard one (bomb) going off in Parnell Street and I walked straight into another just outside Guiney's in Talbot Street," said Marie, who was one of the hundreds who gathered yesterday to remember those who died in the four bombings in Dublin and Monaghan.

Among the wreaths laid was one from Italian Tomassino Magliocco who was just three years old when his father Antonio was killed in the blast in Parnell Street.

Yesterday's commemoration was organised by the Justice for the Forgotten group, which again appealed to British Prime Minister David Cameron to open up the security files surrounding the atrocities.

Group spokesperson Margaret Urwin said Mr Cameron had a golden opportunity to make a genuinely significant gesture of reconciliation.

Irish Independent

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