IRA vic­tim Danny fi­nally laid to rest

Bray People - - 2008 Review - Myles BUCHANAN

THE FAM­ILY of Danny McIl­hone was fi­nally able to lay the IRA vic­tim to rest close to 30 years af­ter his dis­ap­pear­ance.

He was aged just 19 when he dis­ap­peared dur­ing the height of the trou­bles 27 years ago from Belfast.

His re­mains were un­earthed in the beginning of Novem­ber in the re­mote and iso­lated lo­ca­tion of Bal­lynul­t­agh, close to the vil­lage of Lacken.

The Mon­day be­fore Christ­mas his daugh­ter, grand-daugh­ter and sur­viv­ing broth­ers and sis­ters led more than 500 mourn­ers the short dis­tance from the fam­ily home in Bear­nagh Drive for Re­quiem Mass at St. Teresa’s Church.

Fa­ther Darach MacGi­olla Cathain paid trib­ute to the fam­ily of the de­ceased who had spent so long try­ing to lo­cate the where­abouts of the miss­ing man.

‘You never gave up hope when peo­ple told you there wasn’t any. You never backed down when peo­ple said you were wast­ing your time. You never grew tired of wait­ing when peo­ple said there was no point. To­day is your re­ward, to­day is your an­swer and the re­sult of your faith­ful­ness.’

His re­mains were un­cov­ered dur­ing a search or­gan­ised by The In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion for the Lo­ca­tion of Vic­tims’ Re­mains (ICLVR).

A spe­cial DNA data­base con- tain­ing the ge­netic codes of all the fam­i­lies of the ‘dis­ap­peared’ con­firmed the re­mains to be those of Mr. McIl­hone.

In 1999 the IRA ad­mit­ted he had been brought in for ques­tion­ing over some miss­ing weapons and died af­ter be­com­ing in­volved in a strug­gle with his cap­tors.

Gar­daí dur­ing the search for hu­man re­mains in Bal­lynul­t­agh.

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