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16/09/2021

Minute’s silence to mark 50th anniversary of death of Sammy Devenny

Sammy Devenny
A minute’s silence will mark the death of one of the first victims of the Troubles on Wednesday night. The silence, at the memorial to Sammy Devenny will follow a Mass which will take place at 7.30pm at St Eugene’s Cathedral. Mr Devenny passed away on July 17, 1969 around three months after a squad of RUC men burst into his home at William Street and assaulted him some of his children and others present there at the time. Widely regarded as one of the first victims of the Troubles, Mr Devenny was a father of nine and worked as an undertaker and driver at the firm of McClafferty and Sons. An investigation into the assault was carried out by a senior officer of the Metropolitan Police in 1970. However, the complete investigation files have never been published in fill and in 1977 the investigating officer, Kenneth Drury was jailed for eight years on bribery and corruption charges. In 2012, the Metropolitan Police locked two files pertaining to the half century old case until at least 2022. Following the Mass and minute’s silence a reception with refreshments will be held at Pilot’s Row community centre and there will also be a screening of a short film made by the Devenny family marking the anniversary. The family are asking local elected representatives, families affected by the conflict, and the Derry public to join them at these events. CAPTION: The late Sammy Devenny.  

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