Service marks Omagh bomb anniversary

PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/08/98 Structural engineers begin to examine the scene in and around the Explosion in Omagh killing 28 people yesterday.
21/1/2005  The only man ever charged in connection with the Omagh bombing Colm Murphy today has his appeal against the conviction upheld and a re trial ordered in a court in Dublin...
01/03/2016
The case against a man accused of murdering 29 people in the Real IRA bomb attack in Omagh in 1998 has collapsed.
Seamus Daly, 45, from Jonesborough, County Armagh, was arrested in 2014.
The bricklayer, originally from Culloville, County Monaghan, also faced charges of causing the explosion.
The Omagh bomb was the biggest single atrocity in the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/08/98 Structural engineers begin to examine the scene in and around the Explosion in Omagh killing 28 people yesterday. 21/1/2005 The only man ever charged in connection with the Omagh bombing Colm Murphy today has his appeal against the conviction upheld and a re trial ordered in a court in Dublin... 01/03/2016 The case against a man accused of murdering 29 people in the Real IRA bomb attack in Omagh in 1998 has collapsed. Seamus Daly, 45, from Jonesborough, County Armagh, was arrested in 2014. The bricklayer, originally from Culloville, County Monaghan, also faced charges of causing the explosion. The Omagh bomb was the biggest single atrocity in the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

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A special service has taken place in Omagh to mark the 18th anniversary of the most lethal terror attack of the Troubles.

On Saturday, August 15, 1998 a Real IRA car bomb detonated in the town, killing 31 and injuring hundreds. Michael Gallagher, whose son Aiden was killed, said the annual service took place in the town’s dedicated remembrance garden yesterday.

“We had representatives of the Muslim community and a Rabbi and a whole selection of clergy,” he said.

“It was an event of verse and song and poems, which had an Irish element and a Spanish element to reflect the three nations that were affected - Britain, Ireland and Spain. It was a wonderful all-encompassing service.”

They remembered east Belfast prison officer Adrian Ismay and west Belfast taxi driver Michael McGibbon, both of whom were murdered by republicans this year.

Also remembered were those killed in France, Belgium, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq since 1998.