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Widow of Derry gun attack victim Bernard Kelly calls for fresh investigation into Annie's Bar murders

By Eamon Sweeney

The widow of a man gunned down in a loyalist gun attack on a Londonderry pub in 1972 has called for a fresh investigation into the attack.

Bernard Kelly was 26 years old when he was killed with four other men at Annie's Bar in Gobnascale in the Waterside area of Derry exactly 45 years ago yesterday.

Mr Kelly's widow, who was pregnant when her husband was killed said yesterday that reopening the case "could bring justice for five lives that should never have been taken."

No one has ever been brought to justice for the murders.

Four others were also wounded in the loyalist attack in the predominantly Catholic district. The killers are thought to have fired around 20 rounds into the pub from a sub-machine gun and a pistol.

The 45th anniversary of the attack was commemorated by a service at St Columb's Church in the Waterside on Tuesday night, just a few hundred yards from the scene of the atrocity.

Mrs Kelly told BBC Radio Foyle that this time of year is especially hard for her.

"It's just like yesterday. It is something you are always reminded of, especially at Christmas," she said.

"It was just mayhem. A friend of mine said 'your Barney is alright, he walked out of the bar and into an ambulance. I thought he must be injured.

"It was when we went to the hospital that we found out it was all internal injuries he had."

The five men - Michael McGinley (37), Charles McCafferty (32), Charles Moore (31), Frank McCarron (58), and Bernard Kelly - had been watching a football match when the attack took place.

Mrs Kelly called for a new investigation into the murders.

"There are plenty of cases like ours that people have not found out anything at all. At least then you would know that justice has been done for five lives that should never been taken," she said.

"It is horrendous that there are people out there who know, but I always say they have to live with it. It must be on their mind all the time."

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