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Funeral of 'Disappeared' victim

The funeral of a Disappeared IRA victim whose body was found in Co Meath earlier this year has been held in Belfast.

Mourners were told Brendan Megraw, who was 23 when he was taken from his west Belfast home in 1978 and murdered, touched lives with his love and friendship.

Fr Aidan Brankin, parish priest at St Oliver Plunkett Chapel in Belfast, said: " Brendan is finally getting the dignity of a funeral mass and today we pray for the happy repose of his soul.

"Among those November dead lists, his name is written many times along with all those who have loved us or who touched our lives with their love, their friendship and their faith."

The family paid their last respects at a requiem mass in his home city of Belfast - something denied them for more than three decades - before his burial alongside his mother Brigid and father Robert in the nearby village of Glenavy.

The funeral was held six weeks after his remains were found in a remote bog at Oristown in rural Co Meath.

The newlywed was snatched by the IRA from his home in the Twinbrook area of west Belfast in April 1978.

He was awaiting the birth of his first child when he was dragged away by members of the paramilitary group and killed.

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