Patrick Hughes of Derrybeg was one of nine people killed when an IRA bomb exploded prematurely at the Customs Clearance Office on
Another IRA man from Derrybeg, Eddie Grant was killed in a bomb attack on Malachy Clarke’s pub on
On the brighter side Derrybeg made the world headlines as the focal point of the massive Civil Rights March the week after Bloody Sunday.
Many leading figures including MPs, TDs and Irish Ministers took part and were accommodated overnight in case the British Army sealed off the area and prevented people from participating. One resident asked me to photograph his family with his guests, film star Vanessa Redgrave and Bernadette Devlin MP.
Two students from
Later they secured employment for Dessie on the University campus!
…. more later …