07 December 2005

Droppin' Well Bomb Dead Remembered

Derry Journal

Tuesday 6th December 2005

Several dozen people remembered the victims of the Droppin' Well bombing at a memorial service in Ballykelly on Sunday. Relatives of the victims stood alongside local dignitaries, British Army representatives and Limavady Borough Council officials in the pouring rain at the Shackleton Barracks service in memory of those killed in the INLA pub bombing on December 6 1982.
Of the 17 who lost their lives in the attack eleven were members of the British Army's Cheshire Regiment. A number of civilians, including five Protestants and one Catholic died in the blast, with two children among the dead. Widowers and children bereaved by the attack 23 years ago attended Sunday's event along with members of the Cheshire Regiment and the organisers, the Cheshire Regiment Association. Attending the ecumenical service for the first time, SDLP Mayor of Limavady, Michael Coyle, said it was a "very sad" event.
"That was the first time I'd been to the annual service, although other mayors have attended in the past. "It was a very sad occasion. When you think not only of the deaths in Ballykelly but the number of deaths throughout the North during 'The Troubles' you begin to question the why it all happened.
"That question is especially common in the present political climate when the level of violence is vastly reduced." However, Colr. Coyle warned that much more has yet to done to end politically-motivated violence in the North once and for all. "I think people appreciate that violence has been dramatically reduced and that the IRA has given up its arms." "But much more work must be done. We only hope that the same happens on the loyalist side so that we can all live in peace," he added.

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