Friday, August 15, 2008

Omagh Bomb Victims- Rest In Peace

It is ten years since 29 people were slaughtered in cold blood on a busy afternoon in Omagh.

The people who carried out this heinous crime are not Irish Republicans. They are not Freedom Fighters. They are nothing but cold-blooded terrorist murderers.

The killers may never face justice in this world, but rest assured that they will be judged harshly in the next.

These are the people whose lives they extinguished:

Avril Monaghan, 30, Co Tyrone. Heavily pregnant with twin girls. Her daughter and mother were also killed. They had been in the SD Kells clothes shop, which bore the brunt of the explosion.

Maura Monaghan, 18 months, Co Tyrone. One of Monaghan's four children. Her body was found under her mother's. She was known as "Mossie" by her family.

Mary Grimes, 66, Co Tyrone. Avril Monaghan's mother was celebrating her birthday with her daughter and granddaughter.

Breda Devine, 20 months, Co Tyrone. Had been born three months prematurely. Her mother, Tracey, was the last victim to return home from hospital. Tracey Devine was in a coma for six weeks and on waking had to be told that her daughter had been killed.

Lorraine Wilson, 15, Omagh. Hoped to become a flight attendant. She had been evacuated from Oxfam, where she worked as a volunteer, after inaccurate warnings as to the location of the bomb.

Samantha McFarland, 17, Omagh. Friend of Lorraine and fellow volunteer at Oxfam.

Gareth Conway, 18, Co Tyrone. Student who lived with his family. He had just been accepted for an engineering course at the University of Ulster and was awaiting his exam results.

Julie Hughes, 21, Omagh. The 21-year-old accountancy student was home from Dundee University ahead of returning to complete her final year. She had a summer job working in Image Xpress, a photographic shop, and was evacuated due to the inaccurate warnings.

Brenda Logue, 17, Carrickmore. Sixth-year pupil at St Theresa's high school who played for the school's Gaelic football team. Her GCSE exam results arrived a few days after her death.

Elizabeth Rush, 57, Omagh. Was serving customers in her Market Street shop, Pine Emporium, opposite the centre of the explosion, when she was killed.

Rocio Abad-Amos, 23, Madrid. Teacher supervising a group of Spanish and Irish schoolchildren on a day out. The party was in Ireland on an exchange holiday, based in Co Donegal. It was her fifth trip to Ireland.

Fernando Blasco Baselga, 12, Madrid. One of the exchange party. His 15-year-old sister, Donna Marie, was on the trip and needed extensive plastic surgery for facial injuries.

Sean McLaughlin, 12, Buncrana, Co Donegal. Part of the same group. An avid footballer, he supported Manchester United and was an altar boy.

Oran Doherty, eight, Buncrana, Co Donegal. Also one of the exchange programme party, and Sean's neighbour. He was buried in his beloved Celtic football club jersey.

James Barker, 12, Buncrana, Co Donegal. Another of the exchange programme group, and a friend of Sean and Oran. He lived for more than three hours as doctors vainly pumped 18 pints of blood into him.

Philomena Skelton, 49, Co Tyrone. On a shopping trip with her husband, Kevin, and their three daughters. Her husband and daughters survived.

Esther Gibson, 36, Beragh. Sunday school teacher who had got engaged three months earlier and was due to be married on her birthday the following year.

Geraldine Breslin, 43, Omagh. One of three sales assistants working for Watterson's drapers who died. Breslin, married with a 15-year-old son, was walking down the street on a tea break when the bomb went off.

Ann McCombe, 48, Omagh. Mother-of-two, also working in Watterson's. She was with Breslin on her tea break.

Veda Short, 56, Omagh. Mother-of-four who had worked in Watterson's for 20 years. She was also on a tea break when she died. Earlier that day she had witnessed the birth of her grandchild.

Aidan Gallagher, 21, Omagh. Loved cars and worked with his father in a car repair business near the family home, where he lived with his parents and two sisters. He had gone into town to buy jeans and boots.

Alan Radford, 16, Omagh. Shopping with his mother, who was injured in the blast. He was due to start training as a chef the next month, and his GCSE results arrived three days after his death.

Fred White, 60, Omagh. Retiree and keen gardener. He was in a shop next door to SD Kells with his son when the bomb killed them both.

Brian White, 26, Omagh. Fred White's son. He had returned from university in England and was due to start a job with the council two days later. He was buried alongside his father.

Jolene Marlow, 17, Omagh. Student who hoped to study physiotherapy at the University of Ulster and was awaiting her A-level results. She was in Omagh with her sister and grandmother.

Deborah Cartwright, 20, Omagh. Her A-level results, which arrived on the day of her funeral, confirmed she had won her coveted place on a textile design course at Manchester University.

Olive Hawkes, 60, Omagh. She was due to celebrate her ruby anniversary a few days after the bomb. Hawkes was killed while on a shopping outing.

Brian McCrory, 54, Omagh. Left a wife, daughter and two sons. He was talking with a friend near the car that contained the bomb.

Sean McGrath, 61, Omagh. Died three weeks after the blast. He was the final victim, taking the death toll to 29. McGrath, a well-known local businessman, was fatally injured in the same street in which he had been born 61 years earlier.

May they rest in peace.


bill said...

May they find comfort on the other side and their families and loved ones some comfort and peace on this side! We can only hope that the perpetrators of this most heinous crime are so filled with remorse that it never happens again. This is one more sadness that we as a people seemed destined to carry. Thank you for making each one of them personal.

Anonymous said...

When all the vicims are listed in this way it brings home the reality of this terrible atrocity - how the bombers can sleep in their beds is beyond comprehension - all thes deaths and so many more lives lost for the sake of a Unied Ireland and they have achieved nothing only the destructions of lives and families - our thoughtare with the families of the dead and injured on this very sad day of rememberance - let the perpetrators bow their heads in shame.