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IRA victim's mum at Shankill bomb play

Collette Hart who plays Gina Murray in What If
Collette Hart who plays Gina Murray in What If
The audience at St Mary’s University College
An emotional Gina Murray is consoled by her niece Alicia Brown and members of the audience at the event

By Staff Reporter

A woman whose 13-year-old daughter was killed in the Shankill bomb was in the audience last night to watch her powerful story portrayed on stage.

More than 300 people gathered for the play at St Mary's University College as part of Feile an Phobail.

And it received a standing ovation from the crowd.

The play, What If, is written and directed by acclaimed Irish playwright Patricia Downey.

Gina Murray lost her daughter Leanne in the 1993 bombing.

The Spanner in the Works Theatre Company staged the play about Ms Murray and her son Gary's story, which was developed in partnership with Kilcooley Women's Centre. Speaking ahead of the performance Ms Murray, who has seen a performance of the play previously, told UTV it is "very heartbreaking".

"I ended up in tears but they were good tears because of what she'd put across," she said. "She got my emotions down exactly."

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