09 June 2005

Irelandclick.com

New tribute to Terry óg

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A plaque commemorating the life and work of local man Terry Enright Junior is to be unveiled at St Anne’s Cathedral this Saturday on what would have been Terry’s 36th birthday.

The plaque will be positioned on a pillar on the cathedral’s façade, and will overlook the spot in Talbot Street where the Dermott Hill man was murdered by LVF gunmen almost eight years ago.

The father-of-two was working as a doorman at the nearby Space nightclub when he was gunned down in an apparent retaliation for the INLA killing of loyalist Billy Wright.

Delighted by the mark of respect to his son, Terry Enright Senior says it is a fitting tribute to the life and work of a man who was a well-known and respected member of his own community and, indeed, of many other communities across Belfast, where he promoted his passion for youth work and mutual understanding.

“Talbot Street, and the cathedral beside it, is a place where any time I pass,it’s in my head… sometimes I’ll go a different way,” said Terry.

“But this plaque is going to be on a pillar, approximately opposite to where Terry was killed, so that’s a nice idea, and it’ll make it a wee bit easier to walk past, I think.

“I think the idea is to get two kids, young leaders from Ballymurphy and the Shankill, who are taking part in the Terry Enright Leadership Award, to launch it.”

Commenting on the event in memory of the former Gort na Mona player and coach, the Dean of Belfast, Rev Houston McKelvey said, “Terry Enright worked cross-community and his funeral brought together young people from every tradition in the city. His funeral was an act of unity and hope amidst immense sorrow and grief.

“Thankfully, his work is being continued with the Enright Foundation and particularly through its bursary scheme for emerging young leaders.

“The Cathedral Board was unanimous in its response to a request from the Foundation and Terry's family that a plaque be erected at the cathedral close to where Terry died.

“We hope that this event, which is being held on Terry’s birthday, will be of comfort to his wife, young daughters, his parents and his family. We welcome this opportunity to remember a young man who made a most positive contribution to our city and to send out yet again a clear message to those who engage in or plan murder that good will always ultimately conquer and that the hope of those working for a better city cannot be quenched.

“Terry’s work brought him to all areas,” added his father, “and he was a person who came across so well, women liked him a lot,” he laughed, “ and he was able to build up a great rapport with people, particularly children, and he loved his work.

“He treated everyone the same. He didn’t care where he was, or indeed what people were, he treated them as he found them, and I’ve been surprised time and time again over the years by the people who tell me they met him and remembered him. They say he had a lovely way about him and a great openness.

“Sometimes I hear people talk about this closure you get, but there’s no such thing, it’s always with you, it never goes away. But you get on with it and you deal with it.

“I used to walk past St Anne’s Cathedral,” said Terry, “and there was all this chat about the good work of the Black Santa and everything and I used to think, ‘well, there’s no mention of my son, and he was killed just outside the place’, but now this very nice gesture from the church is happening and it’ll make it that little bit easier to walk down the street.”

A short service will be held in St Anne’s Cathedral on Saturday at 2pm before the dedication.

Also taking part in the service will be clergy from St Peter’s Cathedral on the Falls Road.

Journalist:: Ciara McGuigan

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