Hundreds walk to mark Shankill bombs

Published Tuesday, 22 October 2013
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A walk of remembrance has taken place on the Shankill Road in memory of those who died in five bombings there during the Troubles.

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It comes on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Shankill bombing of 1993, in which nine people lost their lives.

One of the bombers, Thomas Begley, was killed by the explosion.

Hundreds of people took part in Tuesday evening's event, including victims, residents, clergy and politicians.

The walk started at the scene of the Balmoral Showrooms bomb in December 1971, where two men and two children were killed.

It then proceeded to the site of the Bayardo Bar attack, in which five people died in 1975, before stopping at the place where the Shankill bomb exploded.

Memorial services took place and floral tributes were laid at each.

The walk then passed the site of the 1971 Four Step Inn bombing, which killed two people, and finished at the Mountainview Tavern, where five people died in 1975.

In total, 25 people were killed in bomb attacks on the Shankill Road.

North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds said: "I think the turnout here on the Shankill indicates the depth of feeling people have for the innocent victims here.

"This is a very respectful, prayerful and dignified act of remembrance organised by the community for the innocent victims and their families, and we will never forget them."

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5 Comments
dec in Antrim wrote (175 days ago):
woodvale ron there's a big difference between the shankill bomb and bloody sunday
Mark in North Belfast wrote (175 days ago):
To Michael how about inquiries into Omagh? Claudy the Catholics Church's involvement the atrocity? Inquiry's into the disappeared where the dogs on the street could tell who is responsible? How about Kingsmill? How about inquiry's into the Irish Goverments involvement with Republican terrorists?
Michael in Belfast wrote (175 days ago):
@Woodvale ron what enquiries would you like regarding shankill bombing, we all know who did it and why it was done. Disgusting act carried out by the cowardly IRA, that took the lives of innocent men women and children, this has never been denied. However, the Bloody Sunday enquiry was required because for years the British state lied and tried to cover up the fact that British troops murdered innocent unarmed catholic civilians. So why would you want an enquiry into the shankill bombing??
david in lisburn U.K wrote (176 days ago):
this is something I will never forget, this happen on my 10th birthday hard to believe it's 20 years ago.thoughts go out to family and friends of the innocent victims R.I.P
Woodvale ron in Belfast wrote (176 days ago):
Where is are inquries for the genicide carried out on protestant men children and babies on the shankill by republicans. When is the tv shows to be made about this the way they were made about bloody sunday or do we not matter ?
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