Plaque to be unveiled in memory of murdered boy

A plaque in memory of a 15-year-old boy shot dead by the British army almost 24 years ago is to be unveiled in Ardoyne this Sunday.
Danny Barrett was sitting on a wall outside his front door in Havana Court at the height of the hunger strike in 1981 when a British soldier shot him dead. He was killed one day after Joe McDonnell died in the H-Blocks.
At the inquest into the July 9 killing the British army claimed Danny had a rifle. A member of the RUC disputed the allegations saying that no firearms traces had been found on or near the teenager. No British soldier has ever been charged with the teenager’s murder.
Now Danny’s mates have got together to publicly acknowledge his murder.
Eamon McAuley, a former friend of Danny Barrett said pals had got together thinking it was “high time” he was commemorated.
“There are murals in Ardoyne of innocent victims like Stephen Lawrence, Robert Hamill and solicitor Pat Finucane.
“But there has never been a plaque or mural to remind our children and our children’s children that an innocent 15-year-old from Ardoyne was cruelly taken from his family and friends that fateful summer of ’81,” he said.
“We would like to ask anyone and everyone to come along this Sunday at 3pm to Havana Court at the bottom of Brompton Park to remember Danny.
“We want to remember his short life and to see his plaque unveiled outside the house where he was killed. We have never forgotten him.
“He has always been in our hearts and minds and we are so proud at last to do something for his memory and for his family.”

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