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Coagh families remember men murdered by IRA 25 years ago

Memorial gathering at Dallas's Garage in Main Street, Coagh, 25 years ago. INMM1114-164ar.

Memorial gathering at Dallas's Garage in Main Street, Coagh, 25 years ago. INMM1114-164ar.

The families of the three men murdered by the IRA in Coagh 25 years ago came together to mark the atrocity.

Leslie Dallas, Austin Nelson and Ernie Rankin were shot dead as they stood chatting outside Dallas’s Garage in the town, shortly before 4.30pm on March 7, 1989.

A memorial service was held on Friday at the site of the murder when families gathered together and laid floral tributes to the men.

Pastor Ian Wilson, a nephew of Leslie Dallas led the service of commemoration and Dr William McCrea MP, a close friend of the families, closed in prayer.

DUP Mid-Ulster MLA Ian McCrea who also attended the service said: “It is hard to believe that 25 years have passed since this brutal attack took place. I was honoured to stand with the victims’ families in Coagh alongside party colleagues Dr William McCrea MP and Councillor Sam McCartney, to remember these three innocent men who were murdered by IRA cowards on 7 March 1989.

“I assure the families of Leslie Dallas, Ernie Rankin and Austin Nelson as well as the families of the innocent victims of the troubles across Mid Ulster, of our full support and that we will continue to press that those responsible are brought to justice. Indeed, the families were hearted at the commemoration that even if the terrorists were not held to account in this life, one day they would face their maker.”

 

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