By Dan Walsh at Enniscorthy
A minute’s silence was observed and the names of fourteen civilians shot dead during a civil rights rally in Derry fifty years ago were read aloud and remembered in Market Square, Enniscorthy, today.
Johnny Mythen T.D. told WexfordLocal.com that the Bloody Sunday 50th Anniversary remembrance event in Enniscorthy was organised by Sinn Féin, but it was non-political and open to everybody.
It was a dignified ceremony with Deputy Mythen reading the names of the victims, a minute’s silence was observed, Deirdre Barker and Marie Doyle read appropriate poems and the occasion concluded with Ger Sheehan singing ‘The Town I Loved So Well’.
Thirteen civilians were shot dead when British soldiers of the Parachute Regiment opened fire on people who had been attending a civil rights rally in Derry city on 30 January 1972.
They were Patrick ‘Paddy’ Doherty, Gerald Donaghey, John ‘Jackie’ Duddy, Hugh Gilmour, Michael Kelly, Michael McDaid, Kevin McElhinney, Bernard ‘Barney’ McGuigan, Gerald McKinney, William ‘Willie’ McKinney, William Nash, James ‘Jim’ Wray and John Young. A 14th person, John Johnston, who had been amongst the injured, died several months later.