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Omagh bomb victim mourns second wife

A man who lost his wife, daughter and their unborn twins in the Omagh bombing has been faced with another tragedy after his second wife died suddenly while out walking
A man who lost his wife, daughter and their unborn twins in the Omagh bombing has been faced with another tragedy after his second wife died suddenly while out walking

By Annamay McNally

A man who lost his wife, daughter and their unborn twins in the Omagh bombing has been faced with another tragedy after his second wife died suddenly while out walking.

On August 15, 1998, Michael Monaghan's pregnant wife Avril was out shopping in the Co Tyrone town with their 18-month-old daughter Maura and Avril's mother Mary when they were killed in the Real IRA attack.

In the latest tragedy to befall the family, mourners in the rural community of Augher turned out at the weekend for the funeral of Michael's second wife Roisin, who was described as "a beautiful person".

Canon Noel McGahan told St Macartan's Church on Saturday that news of Roisin's death had been greeted with "devastating shock and disbelief".

The 44-year-old was found on the roadside on the outskirts of Clogher on July 9.

She had been out walking her dog, which remained by her side until emergency services arrived at the scene.

Police said Mrs Monaghan's death is not being treated as suspicious, pending the outcome of a post-mortem examination. Mrs Monaghan had suffered a double tragedy in her own family after her sister Orla was knocked down and killed by a van while riding her bike in Dublin a number of years ago.

It is also understood that her father Tom died after being mauled by a bull on the family farm.

Mr Monaghan's first wife Avril and their daughter Maura were the first victims of the Omagh bomb tragedy to be buried.

In total, 29 people and Avril Monaghan's unborn twins died in the atrocity.

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