Published Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Eight people died and 11 were injured when UFF gunmen sprayed the Rising Sun Bar with 45 bullets on Saturday 30 October 1993.
One of the killers burst into the bar, where patrons were celebrating Halloween, armed with an assault rifle and shouted: "trick or treat!"
Two of those killed at the bar were in fact Protestant and one was from a mixed background.
The eight people who died were John Burns, Moira Duddy, Joe McDermott, Victor Montgomery, James Moore, John Moyne, Stephen Mullan, and Karen Thompson.
In the wake of the massacre, the UFF claimed that the shooting had been a revenge attack for nine Protestant people killed in an IRA bomb on the Shankill in west Belfast a week earlier.
The families of those killed in the blast had appealed for no retaliation.
And they paid their own tribute on Wednesday, as included among wreaths laid at a plaque remembering the Greysteel victims was one tribute labelled from the "victims and people of the Shankill", adding "forever remembered".
"It wasn't done for us. We didn't want it, we never wanted it and I think 20 years after it, Greysteel people know it. But we felt we had to come," Charlie Butler, who lost his his niece Evelyn, her partner and their daughter in the Shankill bomb, told UTV.
We know how they're feeling, it's going to be hard for them and we're just here to show solidarity and support for the people of Greysteel.
Also there to mark the anniversary was Mark Rodgers, whose father was killed at Kennedy Way council depot, another retaliation shooting by loyalists several days before the one in the Co Londonderry village.
He said: "For such a tragedy to happen - it's a knock on effect to all the victims of the Troubles and the only thing that I'm grateful for is that 20 years on, at 26 years of age, I can come here to make tribute to those who were affected and I hope that their sacrifice is the path of peace. We all have to realise we all move on together."
In the week that followed the Shankill bomb, six other people - all Catholics - were also targeted and killed by loyalist paramilitaries before the Greysteel shooting was carried out.
At the memorial mass at St Mary's Star of the Sea Church in Greysteel, Fr Patrick Mullan said the killers failed to drive a wedge between communities.
He told them: "That horrific event, in fact, had the opposite effect, bringing us all closer together as brothers and sisters in Christ, children of God."
The service was followed by an interdenominational service near the Rising Sun to remember those who died there two decades ago.
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