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The past shouldn't be forgotten - but we no longer live there

Roslyn Dee



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Memorial: The RUC book of remembrance records those officers killed in the line of duty. Photo: PA

Memorial: The RUC book of remembrance records those officers killed in the line of duty. Photo: PA

Memorial: The RUC book of remembrance records those officers killed in the line of duty. Photo: PA

He'd be 65 now. With years of public service behind him, he'd probably be long retired, spending his days pottering around the town, or travelling, or minding his grandchildren.

He might well have been sitting in the Aviva Stadium last Saturday, cheering Ireland to victory against Wales, just as, all those years ago, he was always a stalwart supporter of his own school rugby team.

That school was Coleraine Academical Institution, the boys-only school in the same Co Derry town where I attended the all-girls Coleraine High School.