THE FIRST of the events to commemorate the Enniskillen bombing took place this morning (Thursday).
An Act of Remembrance at the war memorial took place at 10am, while a Service of Remembrance took place at St Macartin’s Cathedral at 11.30am, conducted by the Rt Rev John McDowell, Bishop of Clogher.
A minute’s silence was help at the cenotaph at 10.43am.
Leading the prayers, Presbyterian Minister Reverend David Cupples said: “In the midst of lives being torn apart, we saw lives coming together in passion and understanding. We thank God that our loved ones taken from us were all prepared to meet God and were all called into heavenly glory.”
Leading the address at the ceremony, Lord Morrow said: “This is the 25th time we have paused for reflection to remember those who died. Nothing has ever been the same since.”
Talking about their families he described it as, ‘A day that changed their lives and shaped who they are’.
Included in proceedings was secretary of state, Theresa Villier, and First Minister, Peter Robinson.
The Enniskillen bombing, which happened in Belmore Street on November 8, 1987, killed 11 people, and injured 63.
Those who died were: Wesley and Bertha Armstrong; Kit and Jessie Johnston; Ted Armstrong; Georgina Quinton; Sammy Gault; William and Nessie Mullan; Johnny Megaw; and Marie Wilson. A 12th victim, Ronnie Hill, died in 2000 following 13 years in a coma.