Update: Teebane widow is “lost for words” after vandals attack memorial

Arm in arm Jean Caldwell, whose husband was one of the eight workman who died in the Teebane Massacre, and family members support each other at the service to mark the 20th anniversary of the atrocity on the Omagh Road, near Cookstown.mm03-143ar.
Arm in arm Jean Caldwell, whose husband was one of the eight workman who died in the Teebane Massacre, and family members support each other at the service to mark the 20th anniversary of the atrocity on the Omagh Road, near Cookstown.mm03-143ar.

A widow of one of the men killed in the Teebane attack 24 years ago, says she is lost for words following the latest attack on the memorial.

Cookstown woman Jean Caldwell said she is struggling to understand why the granite memorial on the Omagh Road is regularly singled out for attack.

“What kind of kick do they get out of it?”, said asked.

“What kind of people want to keep doing this?”

In the latest attack paint was thrown over the memorial.

Just a few weeks ago wreaths and flowers placed at the site during the annual commemoration service were destroyed.

“I was sick when I saw it today,” said Jean about the paint attack. “The people who do this must have no conscience. They can’t be decent people.”

Jean’s husband, Cecil, was one of eight workmen blown up by the IRA while on their way home in a minibus from an Army base in Omagh on the evening of January 17 1992.

The Teebane memorial has been targeted on eight occasions over the years.