We’ll never forget Norman and James Stronge – father and son killed by IRA

Sir Norman StrongeSir Norman Stronge
Sir Norman Stronge
I remember well the ghastly double murder of Sir Norman Stronge and his son, Major James Stronge, exactly 40 years ago yesterday.

This vile deed had a very profound effect on the area’s Unionist community, which was of course the intent of the cowardly IRA gang responsible.

The Stronge family were much loved and respected throughout Co Armagh and in particular Sir Norman, who as a distinguished holder of the Military Cross, had also enjoyed a long and successful political career – which was followed by his son James.

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Their murders were a deeply wicked and dastardly crime along with the destruction of their ancestral family home, Tynan Abbey, which further angered and horrified the Unionist community.

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Personally, I’ve always been struck by the bravery of both father and son on that awful night when they both realised the extent of the attack on their lives. I believe James Stronge could probably have made his escape, but instead, he chose to remain with his elderly and frail father to await the cruel assassination of them both in the library of their beloved home.

This dedication to his father and raw courage should never be forgotten.

Anyone with a shred of decency or humanity could not fail to be deeply shocked and appalled at the cruel murders of a distinguished elderly gentleman and his courageous son.

They’ll always be remembered.

Danny Kennedy, UUP chairman

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