Murdered soldier’s son ‘finds healing’ in Fermanagh visit

Sharon Maxwell, Keith Huggins, Lynn Huggins, Christine Huggins, Sheila Agar and Craig Agar during their visit to Northern Ireland
Sharon Maxwell, Keith Huggins, Lynn Huggins, Christine Huggins, Sheila Agar and Craig Agar during their visit to Northern Ireland

An Englishman whose father was killed by an IRA booby-trap bomb in Enniskillen in 1984 has told how a trip to Co Fermanagh has begun healing wounds he did not even know he had.

Thomas Agar, along with Robert Huggins and Peter Gallimore, were off-duty members of the Royal Fusiliers who were killed an IRA bomb exploded under their car near the Lakeland Forum. They had just returned from a day’s fishing.

Craig Agar, Thomas’s son, was just eight when his father was killed. He is now 39.

“It is hard to put into words the welcome and love that we felt from Enniskillen and SEFF [victims’ group, South East Fermanagh Foundation],” he told the News Letter.

He was speaking from his Newcastle upon Tyne home after his visit last weekend.

“It seems that wounds we didn’t really know we had and carried for over 20 years have started the process of healing.

“We were treated like royalty.”

Relatives of Robert Huggins also made the trip.

On Friday, Mr Agar said, they met the PSNI Legacy Unit to discuss investigations.

On Saturday they visited the scene of the bomb attack.

They also visited the local Royal British Legion and took a boat trip across Lough Erne.

On Sunday they laid a wreath at the scene of the murders and took part in a special remembrance service at Enniskillen Presbyterian Church, where Craig read out a reflection about his father and a tribute to the many security forces’ Troubles widows who attended.

On Monday they visited Stormont as part of ongoing victims lobbying.

“Overall I didn’t realise how much grief I was carrying until I got there,” he added.

“I can’t thank them enough.”