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Social media campaign for football fans to ‘stand up for the Loughinisland Six'

A social campaign has been launched urging football fans to "stand up for the Loughinisland Six"

A CAMPAIGN has been launched on social media urging football fans to remember the Loughinisland gun attack victims during the Republic's Euro match on Saturday.

Campaigners want people to remember the six Catholic men murdered in the Co Down village pub in 1994 by standing up during the Republic's game against Belgium.

'Stand Up For the Loughinisland Six' is urging supporters to stand in the sixth minute of the match, which takes place on the anniversary of the attack on Saturday.

Masked gunmen burst into the packed Heights Bar on June 18 1994 and fired at customers watching Ireland play Italy in the World Cup,

By the end of killing spree six men had been killed, and five were injured.

One of those murdered was pensioner Barney Green. At 87, he was one of the oldest victims of the Troubles.

The others were Adrian Rogan (34) Malcolm Jenkinson (53) Daniel McCreanor (59) Patrick O'Hare (35) and 39 year-old Eamon Byrne.

The social media call to remember the victim says: "On 18th June at 14.06 during the Ireland v Belgium game, please stand up for the Loughinisland Six, Irish football fans murdered on 18/6/94 watching Ireland v Italy.

"They went to watch a football match. They never came home. Murdered by those supposed to protect them.

"18th June, six minutes into Ireland's game, please stand up for the Loughinisland Six."

A survivor of the Loughinisland attack last week said those affected by the tragedy will come together in the Heights Bar to watch the Republic games during the European Championships.

Aidan O'Toole, who survived the attack on his family bar, said relatives of those who died and were injured still meet to watch Ireland play in big tournaments as a way of supporting each other.

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