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.