Ann Travers: My sister’s killers will answer to God

Ann Travers, whose sister Mary was shot dead by the IRA.

Ann Travers, whose sister Mary was shot dead by the IRA.

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On April 8, 1984, magistrate Tom Travers, his wife and their daughter Mary, 22, a primary school teacher, were leaving St Brigid’s Catholic Church in Derryvolgie Avenue, south Belfast, when they were set upon by Provisional IRA gunmen.

Mary was shot in the back and her father was shot six times. One of the gunmen held a gun to Mrs Travers’ head as her daughter lay bleeding in her arms; the gun jammed and she was miraculously unharmed.

Mary died and Tom, after a period in intensive care, survived.

 

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