Aidan McAnespie 25th Anniversary Exhibition

As part of this weekend’s 25th Anniversary commemorations around Aidan McAnespie’s death, Aidan’s family and friends put on an extensive public exhibition of material in the old changing rooms of Aghaloo GFC detailing the life and death of Aidan.

This contained a massive catalogue of material ranging from childhood photos of Aidan, statements by Aidan of the harassment he received from the security forces in the years leading up to his death, newspaper clippings from his funeral and after his shooting, photos of the murder scene, some of Aidan’s football gear, paintings, photos of events from Aidan Mc Anespie GFC Boston, newspaper clippings of the search for truth from the past 25 years and various government and HET (Historical Enquiries Team) findings. Also, a massive hand made two sided quilt made by ‘Relatives for Justice’ was draped in the centre of the room, with a patch dedicated to each victim.

It was a fascinating and moving exhibition which transported the massive crowds who saw it over the weekend back many years. It was impossible for any photos to do the material on show any justice but here are some pictures for those who didn’t get the chance to see it.

A montage of photos of Aidan.

A montage of photos of Aidan.

 

Old photos of Aidan including of the final pictures taken of him before his murder.

Old photos of Aidan including one of the final pictures taken of him before his murder.

 

Newspaper coverage from February 1988.

Newspaper coverage from February 1988.

 

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A newspaper clipping from February 2008.

A newspaper clipping from February 2008.

 

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A beautiful painting and boron of Aidan.

A beautiful painting and boron of Aidan.

 

The clothes Aidan wore the day he was shot. A marker shows the passage of the fatal bullet.

The clothes Aidan wore the day he was shot. A marker shows the passage of the fatal bullet.

 

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Some of Aidan's belongings.

Some of Aidan’s belongings.

 

The signed Cormac McAnallen jersey from the 20th Anniversary commemoration.

The signed Cormac McAnallen jersey from the 20th Anniversary commemoration.

 

A signed Aidan McAnespie GFC Boston jersey from the 20th anniversary match.

A signed Aidan McAnespie GFC Boston jersey from the 20th anniversary match.

 

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The lyrics to the now world wide famous 'Ballad of Aidan McAnespie' penned by Gerry Cunningham.

The lyrics to the now world wide famous ‘Ballad of Aidan McAnespie’ penned by Gerry Cunningham.

 

A beautiful oil painting of Aidan.

A beautiful oil painting of Aidan.

 

Aidan's Aghaloo jersey.

Aidan’s Aghaloo jersey.

 

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Coverage surrounding the release of the soldier who shot Aidan in 1990.

Coverage surrounding the release of the soldier who shot Aidan in 1989.

 

Good times from Aidan McAnespie GFC Boston.

Good times from Aidan McAnespie GFC Boston.

 

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Photos from the 20th anniversary of Aidan.

Photos from the 20th anniversary of Aidan.

 

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The recent HET findings.

The recent HET findings.

 

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Photos of the murder scene from 1988.

Photos of the murder scene from 1988.

 

The scene of the shooting and the sangar in the distance of the photo....300 metres away.

The scene of the shooting and the sangar in the distance of the photo….300 metres away.

 

An aerial photo of the checkpoint in Aughnacloy in 1988.

An aerial photo of the checkpoint in Aughnacloy in 1988.

 

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Aidan's patch on the 'Relatives for Justice' quilt.

Aidan’s patch on the ‘Relatives for Justice’ quilt.

 

The extensive 'Relatives for Justice' quilt.

The extensive ‘Relatives for Justice’ quilt.

 

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Material relating to the murder of another Aghaloo GFC member Francie McCaughey in 1973 who was killed by a booby trap bomb.

Material relating to the murder of another Aghaloo GFC member Francie McCaughey in 1973 who was killed by a booby trap bomb.

 

Material relating to the shooting of Aghaloo's Owen Boyle in 1975.

Material relating to the shooting of Aghaloo’s Owen Boyle in 1975.

 

 

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