“‘Daddy, I love you very much’. Those were the exact words she spoke to me, and those were the last words I heard her say”. Gordon Wilson was speaking shortly after the death of his daughter, Marie, who was killed by the Marxist Provisional IRA bomb at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen on Sunday 8 November 1987.
As the explosion ripped the heart out of the town, it killed a further ten innocent bystanders. Five of the victims were women, and there were three married couples among the dead. All of those killed were Protestants, and all but one (a police reservist) were civilians.
The choice of target was in itself sectarian, since IRA intimidation had long before persuaded most Catholics whose relatives had fought for Britain in two World Wars that they should not attend Remembrance Day events or even wear poppies.
Sixty-three others were injured in the blast, including thirteen children. A twelfth victim, Ronnie Hill, died in December 2000 after spending 13 years in a coma as a result of injuries sustained in the bombing.