The Stories of the Fathers, Mothers, Sons and Brothers Who Never Came Home. MY VIEW

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The Stories of the Fathers, Mothers, Sons and Brothers Who Never Came Home. MY VIEW


Byline: TIM FANNING

Of all the many atrocities that were committed during the Troubles in the North, among the most heinous was the practice of 'disappearing' men and women from their homes. Not only did the victim suffer a lonely death in the middle of some remote bog, often at the hands of neighbours or friends, their families were left with the gnawing uncertainty as to their fate. The lives of brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, mothers and fathers were destroyed by the long years, then decades, spent wondering what had happened to their loved ones.

To compound the pain of the families, the IRA spread false rumours that their relatives were still alive or threatened them if they dared breathe a word about what had happened. In The Disappeared (Monday, RTE One/BBC1), the relatives spoke about their continuing heartbreak.

Probably the most high-profile of those who were 'disappeared' - executed and buried in a shallow grave - was mother-often Jean McConville. The raw pain of what happened to her mother still showed on the face of Jean's daughter, Agnes, as she talked about how her life had been devastated by an assassin's bullet. …

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