BORDER COMMUNITY MOURNS WIFE OF ONE OF ‘THE DISAPPEARED”

13 December 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Patsy McArdle

ResidentS in the South Armagh town of Crossmaglen were saddened by the death last weekend of the wife of a man who vanished nearly a half-century ago and was described as one of ‘the disappeared’. Mrs Kathleen Armstrong of Crossmaglen, who was in her late eighties, had hoped to establish what happened to her husband, Charlie, who was never seen again after leaving his home for Sunday mass, at St. Patrick’s Church, Crossmaglen, in 1975.

It was generally believed in the area at the time that Mr. Armstrong was abducted by the iRA which might have accused him of allegedly providing information to the security forces. There was however no response, or admission by the IRA, or other republican sources of any involvement in the man’s disappearance, which led to some speculation that the man’s disappearance was aimed at ‘targeting’ republicans and was, in fact, a ‘tit-for-tat’ action by a rogue counter-intelligence British army element.

Mrs Armstrong had continued a lifelong campaign to establish what happened to her husband and had hoped his body might be recovered before her own passing, on Friday last, after a brief illness. Crossmaglen resident and neighbour Paul Rooney said yesterday: “She made several public appeals for information over the years and she never gave up hope that she might find out what happened to him, but it was not to be, and it can now be said she is at peace at last.”. The requiem mass and funeral for the deceased at St. Patrick’s Church, Crossmaglen, on Sunday last was well attended.

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