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Memorial unveiled to victims of Remembrance Sunday bomb on 30th anniversary

Posted on: November 9, 2017 2:36 PM
Her Majesty’s Representative in Fermanagh, Viscount Brookeborough, unveils the memorial to victims of the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bomb, watched over by the Dean of Clogher, Kenneth Hall, who dedicated it to the memory of the victims.
Photo Credit: Diocese of Clogher

A memorial has been unveiled to remember 12 people who were killed as they remembered the war dead of Enniskillen in Northern Irealnd. A bomb explosion during the Enniskillen Remembrance Sunday event on 8 November 1987, was one of the most notorious terrorist attack during what became known as “the troubles”. In addition to the 12 who were killed, scores more were injured.

30 years on, the Anglican Dean of Clogher, Kenneth Hall, joined colleagues from the Presbyterian and Methodist churches in Enniskillen to dedicate and unveil a memorial to the 12 victims. Relatives, friends and survivors were present for the event, which took place on the site of the bomb attack. The Ballyreagh Silver Band, which took part in the Remembrance Sunday commemoration on the day of the bomb, provided the musical backing for hymns. The ceremony also included the recitation of a special poem and a solo by a great-granddaughter of one of the three married couples killed in the bomb.

The memorial contains the alphabetical list of those killed, under the epitaph “This memorial is erected in loving memory of the 12 innocent civilians murdered by the IRA & in recognition of the scores of innocent civilians injured on Remembrance Sunday 8th November 1987” Above the wording a simple red poppy; and at its foot, the words “Lest we forget”.

Queen Elizabeth II described the memorial as “a poignant reminder of a terrible event” in a message read by her personal representative in Fermanagh, Viscount Brookeborough.