IRA victim Danny finally laid to rest
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.