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Funeral held for 'Disappeared man'

The burial of Disappeared victim Charlie Armstrong gives hope to others still searching for loved ones who vanished during the Troubles, his funeral Mass has heard.

The remains of Mr Armstrong, believed to have been abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1981, were found in remote bogland in Co Monaghan, in the Irish Republic, at the end of July.

Bishop Gerard Clifford, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Armagh, said the Armstrong family's long, anguished wait for a Christian burial had finally come to an end.

"Oftentimes their hopes were shattered," he said.

"But for 29 years the Armstrongs persisted in their demands that a husband, a father, would be given a proper burial, a place where they could gather and remember, a dignified place, a dignified burial.

"Today the family's search has ended."

Mr Armstrong, 57, from Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, in Northern Ireland, went missing on his way to Mass at St Patrick's Church in the town three decades ago.

He is one of the so-called Disappeared - 14 men and women abducted and killed by republican paramilitaries at the height of the violence in Northern Ireland.

Bishop Clifford told the funeral Mass he was loved and respected in the community.

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