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Ulster priest to counsel survivors of gun spree

A Belfast-born priest is set to play a key role in counselling the devastated victims of crazed cabbie Derrick Bird’s gun rampage.

Top of parish priest Father Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Gribben’s list is the young daughter of one of the 12 innocents blasted to death by the crazed cabbie.

The horrified clergyman — who grew up on Belfast’s Falls Road but is now based in Cumbria — will visit the heartbroken girl’s school this week.

She attends St Benedict’s Catholic High School in Whitehaven, minutes from the spot where Bird, 52, blew off her dad Darren Rewcastle’s face at point-blank range with a .22 rifle.

The school is linked to Fr Manny’s parish church St Mary’s, nestled in the picture-postcard village of Cleator, Cumbria.

Speaking from the church last night, the 52-year-old cleric told Sunday Life: “I’m visiting the girl’s school this week to help the children, who will have been stunned by this sickening attack."

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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