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Second memorial for bomb victims

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Second Omagh bomb service

A second memorial service has been held to mark the 10th anniversary of the Omagh bomb.

Hundreds of people gathered in the new memorial garden, officially opened at a council organised ceremony on Friday.

The families were joined by people from Omagh and further afield, including other victims groups.

The large turnout was of great comfort to the relatives, on what was another difficult and emotional day.

The interdenominational service included prayers in Hebrew, Spanish and Irish.

A minute's silence was held and wreaths laid in memory of those who died.

They had gathered to mark ten years since the Real IRA bombing, which killed 29 people and unborn twins in the single greatest atrocity in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

It followed Friday's civic ceremony and the official opening of the new memorial garden organised by Omagh council - but which was boycotted by some of the families who were there on Sunday.

Michael Gallagher, whose son Aidan, 21, died, said: "The only proper tribute to Omagh's dead, ten years on, must be that full cross-border public inquiry.

"We call on public figures to back our call, otherwise the system continues to fail everyone and should hold its head in shame.

"They will be judged not on their token gestures but on what they have or have not done to actually bring justice to Omagh, not wreathes."


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