Tuesday, August 10, 1999 Published at 08:02 GMT 09:02 UK
Make Omagh last tragedy mothers appeal
Bernie Doherty: Every day is hard
On Sunday, the mothers of three young boys will remember the tragic day their sons travelled to Omagh on a day trip.
Oran Doherty, eight and his friends James Barker and Sean McLoughlin, both 12, from the seaside town of Buncrana were killed in the Real IRA bombing of Omagh on August 15.
On Sunday 15 August the whole town of Buncrana will commemorate the deaths of the three lively young children and the 26 other people killed, on the anniversary of the Omagh bombing.
Bernie Doherty thinks about Oran when she opens her eyes in the morning and when she closes them at night.
She said: "It has been a long hard road since last August but at the same time it only seems like yesterday that he was here alive and full of life and fun.
The mother of Sean McLaughlin said the year has been a catalogue of pain.
"First there was Christmas, then he was supposed to make his confirmation, and his 13th birthday and breaking up from school and the Spaniards going home and now his anniversary.
"You just wish it was over and done with," she said.
But the parents of the dead children are desperately frustrated that the politicians have not come to an agreement which would push tragedies like Omagh further away.
Mrs McLaughlin said: "I would tell need the politicians to get their finger out. They have to do something.
"They have to put an end to it no matter how they do it. It has to stop. The innocent people of Ireland don't want fighting."
She said: "I'm angry and enraged about it all. How have these people got the right to take my son's life? Every waking morning I still have the same feeling of anger.
"I feel my son has died in vain. Everybody said Omagh was the turning point and I feel that if Jim died for peace I maybe I could accept it, but I can't see no peace in this country for along long time.
"I hope that there will never been another Omagh."
Father Shane Bradley, who ministered at the funerals of the three children said the community was heartened when the Spanish group courageously returned in July.
He said: "I think they carry the memories in their hearts of their own bereaved and their own here in Buncrana.
"The leader has been very anxious to express her gratitude to the people here and in Omagh for the outpouring of kindness over the year."