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Mourners fill church as Manus Deery’s brother Seamus is buried

By Eamon Sweeney

Published 25/10/2016

The funeral of Seamus Deery at St Columba’s Church, Long Tower
The funeral of Seamus Deery at St Columba’s Church, Long Tower

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Seamus Deery - on the same day an inquest continued into the controversial death of his brother, Manus.

Long Tower church in Londonderry was filled with mourners for the service yesterday.

Mr Deery (63), of Lisfannon Park in the Bogside, passed away in the early hours of Saturday following a long illness.

His death comes in the midst of the inquest into the killing of his brother in disputed circumstances by the Army on May 19 1972.

The fatal shot was fired by a man previously known as Soldier A, who has since died. Last week, the man was named in court for the first time as Private William Glasgow.

Just hours before he passed away, Seamus Deery heard that the soldier's commanding officer was sorry for the incident.

Major Trevor Wilson, the commander of C Company of the 1st Battalion of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, became emotional when giving evidence at the inquest last week and said he wished to say sorry to the Deerys.

Mr Wilson later had a private conversation with the family outside the courtroom.

Relatives then whispered his words into the ear of Seamus Deery, who was on his deathbed.

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