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Village marks 45th anniversary of atrocity which killed nine people and injured many others

Thursday, 3 August 2017

THE Claudy community came together yesterday (Monday July 31) to mark the 45th anniversary of the atrocity in which nine people were killed and many others injured after three bombs ravaged the area.
One of the families impacted by terrorism was the Temple family from Donemana, County Tyrone. 16-year-old William was a milkman's helper and his round included the village. He had been injured by the first explosion but was killed instantly in the third.
Wiliam's brother, David Temple said: "45 years is more than half a lifetime for most people and many who have not been impacted by terrorism will often say, it's time those people moved on, it's so long ago.
“For me, my family and other families impacted by terrorism, the day we lost our loved one is as fresh today as it was in the immediate aftermath.
“The families of Claudy come from across the community, Protestant and Roman Catholic, our tears are the same and our pain is no different. It was so important for my family that we were able to join together with others on Monday night to collectively remember our loved ones and give thanks for their lives."

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