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Wednesday, 17 May, 2000, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK
Victims of bombings remembered
Dublin and Monaghan bombings: 33 died in Troubles' bloodiest day
Thirty-three died on the Troubles' bloodiest day
A wreath-laying ceremony is to take place in the Republic of Ireland to remember those who were killed in bombings in Dublin and Monaghan.

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Thirty-three people died and hundreds were injured when three bombs exploded in Dublin and one in Monaghan on 17 May 1974.

The event will take place in Dublin on Wednesday and will be followed by a mass in St Mary's Pro-Cathedral.

It follows a commemoration which was held on Sunday in Monaghan.

The ceremony took place at the site of the bomb in North Street when wreaths were laid by family members and also by families who lost relatives in the Dublin bombings.

An inter-denominational service was also held afterwards at St Macartan's Cathedral in the town.

The commemoration was organised by the group, Justice for the Forgotten, which represents the families of those affected.

The bombings, which were blamed on loyalist paramilitaries, caused the largest loss of life in a single day during the 30-year Northern Ireland conflict.

Speaking on Sunday, spokeswoman Margaret Urwin said it was important the events of that day were remembered.


Those killed will be remembered in ceremony
Those killed will be remembered in ceremony
She said: "They have been very much the forgotten victims and we have aimed to change that in our campaign.

"And we are delighted, and I think the Monaghan families in particular are delighted, that this commemoration is happening in Monaghan because it failed to happen last year on the 25th anniversary.

"And we are hoping to rectify that," she said.

The bombings took place while loyalist workers held a general strike in Northern Ireland in an attempt to bring down the power-sharing government set up under the Sunningdale Agreement.

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