Memorial to be unveiled to Reavey brothers

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Memorial to be unveiled to Reavey brothers thumbnailEUGENE Reavey.

A MONUMENT to commemorate the three Reavey brothers who were murdered by a UVF gang will be erected at the family home on January 7.

John, Brian and Anthony Reavey all lost their lives as a result of the paramilitary attack at their home on January 4, 1976 and, speaking to the Democrat, their brother, Eugene, said that the erection of the plaque in their memory will provide some sense of closure for the family.

Eugene said: "The monument is going to be unveiled on the January 7. There'll be a blessing of the monument up there and a number of people will speak at the blessing. The plaque is being erected at my brother's house, 42 Kingsmill Road, Whitecross, which is the site of the shooting."

Mr Reavey spoke of his pride at how much support the family receive from wider community, saying: "It fills the family full of pride that people still think of the boys.

"Myself or my daughter will be speaking at the blessing, as well as a number of other speakers. As well as this we're having some light refreshments after the blessing in Whitecross GAA social club."

“It's an important day for the family. It's simply a little recognition of where the boys were shot, but it's apolitical and everyone is welcome to the day."

A charity match took place in April last year between Donegal and Armagh in Whitecross in the boy's honour, as well as a gala ball being held in the Canal Court in November.

The erection of the plaque, says Eugene, will bring a finality to the commemorative events.

He said: "There was a Donegal v Armagh match in Whitecross in St Killean's Park in memory of the boys and we had the gala ball on the November 18 to commemorate the 40th anniversary, so that's all that bit of it over. This will bring that all to a close for the family.

“Anyone that wants to come is more than welcome, regardless or religion or background, as there'll be no flags or anything like that.

"It's simply to commemorate my three brothers who were totally innocent."


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