Eight-year-old tomboy Kathryn Eakin was cleaning the window of her parents’ gro
cery store on Claudy’s main street when the second bomb went off. A single piece of shrapnel entered her brain and killed her.
Her brother, Mark, still marvels at how unmarked her body was.
“She was gone and she didn’t even look injured.
She had one small cut on the side of her head,” he recalled.
“I lost the only other member of my family, my sister. I lost, I would say, 50pc of my parents because their life was destroyed. We lost our house, our business.
I was left standing in what clothes I had on, the rest were blown to pieces.”
Speaking directly to the bombers who were still alive, he insisted it wasn’t too late for Claudy to get the justice it deserved.
“You have one last chance to stand up and be counted. I am asking them, if they have any guilt this is their final chance to clear themselves with God and make a path into heaven. Other than that, just be banished to hell and that is the way I feel about it,” he said. “Three 250lb car bombs going off in a village of 400 people. It’s half a pound of explosives each. That will do a lot of damage. I was sitting on the bonnet of one of those cars with my father when a man stepped forward and told us to run…”
My heart bleeds for Mark, and for all those others that still suffer at the hands of Europe’s most vicious killing group, the IRA.
I say this.
No good can EVER come from a political dispensation which sees those who played their role in the atrocious IRA murder campaign installed in high office even as their victims relatives still hunger for justice. The Provo priest did not operate alone, He was part of an organisation that now helps govern our country. This degeneracy is hailed around the world as something of merit but anyone with an ounce of common decency will reflect on the short life of Kathryn, cut short by the IRA, and then ask why it is that the IRA was appeased, rewarded- whilst the crimes it committed still cry out from beyond the grave for justice? Good does not come from evil.