Page last updated at 18:00 GMT, Thursday, 27 August 2009 19:00 UK

Memorial held for attack victims

Remains of an Army truck destroyed in the Warrenpoint attack
About 50 people took part in a short memorial service for the 18 soldiers

About 50 people have taken part in a memorial service for 18 soldiers killed in an IRA double bomb ambush in Warrenpoint 30 years ago.

It happened on the same day as the Mullaghmore bomb, which killed Lord Louis Mountbatten and three others.

In the Sligo village a church bell tolled 30 times to mark the anniversary on Thursday.

A row has broken out in Donegal over council plans to erect a memorial to the Mullaghmore victims.

Sinn Féin said they oppose the monument because it would be wrong to single out any one incident.

But the Fianna Fáil mayor of Donegal, Brendan Byrne, says it should go ahead.

"As mayor of Donegal I'm not erecting a memorial to a member of the British Royal family.

"I'm erecting a monument to the four people who perished needlessly, senselessly, at Mullaghmore some 30 years ago."

Sinn Féin councillor Padraig MacLochlainn said a memorial would be "inappropriate".

Lord Mountbatten
Lord Mountabatten was one of four who died as a result of the explosion

"We cannot cherry pick any particular incident for memorial.

"What would be more appropriate would be that we commemorate the over 3,000 people that lost their lives on all sides," he said.

Four people, including two children, died when the IRA detonated a bomb on Lord Mountbatten's boat off the coast of Sligo 30 years ago.

Eighteen British soldiers were killed later that day when two booby-trap bombs exploded beside Narrow Water Castle near Warrenpoint in County Down.

The bombs were detonated from a short distance across Carlingford Lough in the Republic of Ireland and when troops returned fire a civilian died in the crossfire.

He was Londoner Michael Hudson, who was out bird watching, and had been one of the Queen's Royal coachmen at Buckingham Palace.

Among those taking part in the Warrenpoint memorial were former soldiers and relatives of those who died.

The DUP assembly member Jeffry Donaldson and the UUP's Danny Kennedy also attended.

Hymns were sung and a two-minute silence was held, before wreaths were laid at the scene at Narrowwater. The names of the 18 soldiers who died were also read out.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
30 years since Mountbatten's death
27 Aug 09 |  Northern Ireland
Mountbatten memories 30 years on
26 Aug 09 |  History


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2018 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific