Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Candlelight Vigil in Memory Manus Deery

The family members, relatives and friends of Manus Deery will hold candlelight vigil on Thursday 19th May 2011 to mark the 39th anniversary of his murder at the hands of British troops.

On 19th May 1972, 15 year old Manus Deery, was sharing a bag of chips with his friends at Meenan Square in the Bogside when he was shot and killed by soldier 'A' from C Company, 1st Battalion, of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Earlier on that day, Manus had just received his first pay packet.

Manus and several of his young friends were standing behind the Bogside Inn when the soldiers opened fire from the Derry walls. The soldiers claimed there was a gunman in the area at the time. Manus was struck by a bullet on the side of the head.

There was no evidence of an RUC investigation. The soldiers' version of events went unchallenged because their statements were taken by the Royal Military Police. No soldiers were ever prosecuted with his killing.
 
This Thursday evening at 7.30pm, May 19th 2011, a candlelight vigil will take place at the spot of Manus’s killing in Meenan Square and everyone is welcome to attend.