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22/09/2021

'Those scars, those memories, those losses will never go away' - Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown pays tribute to families on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Omagh bombing

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The Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown has paid tribute to families who lost loved ones on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Omagh bombing. The car bomb, which killed 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, and injured 220 others was planted by the Real IRA on August 15, 1998. Speaking at the Sacred Heart Church in Omagh earlier tonight, Bishop McKeown told those who had lost loved ones in the atrocity not to 'underestimate' the work they had done in ensuring the memories of those killed on that day lives on. "We gather this evening on the eve of the 20th anniversary of that terrible day in 1998 which claimed so many lives in Omagh," he said. "The bomb that killed young and old also scarred so many others in body and in mind. "Those scars, those memories, those losses will never go away. "Many people continue to limp through life because of the brutal actions of others. "For this town, something changed forever that day. "And this community has found ways of remembering their loved ones in a quiet and dignified way. "However, don’t underestimate what you have done. Your work here is not just important for this area. "Your ways of remembering and honouring have pointed to the fact that, in every conflict, it mostly innocent civilians and not combatants who do the dying. "Your memorial here is a monument to all the innocent who were torn from us by violence in our community. "Combatants do fighting but it is mostly civilians who do the dying. "Some causes may be worth dying for. No cause is worth killing for. "Any story we try to tell about our conflicts has to weep for the past and never glorify any of it."

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