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Woman whose UDR brothers were killed by IRA speaks for first time

The Graham brothers, who were members of the UDR, were shot dead by the IRA. Pictures from BBC.

A WOMAN whose three UDR brothers were killed by the IRA has spoken for the first time about the impact on her family.

Pam Morrison is the only surviving member of her family, which was from the Lisnaskea area of Co Fermanagh.

Ronnie, Cecil and Jimmy Graham were all shot dead in separate attacks within six years of each other in Co Fermanagh in the 1980s.

Ronnie Graham (39) was killed in June 1981 as he delivered groceries for a local shop.

Five months later his brother Cecil Graham (32) died two days after he was shot as he visited his wife’s family home.

His son Darren Graham, was only five weeks old when his father was shot dead.

Now in his late 30s, the Protestant GAA player was at the centre of a furore in 2007 when he quit the games because of sectarian abuse.

He walked off a game between his club, Lisnaskea Emmets, and Brookeborough in April 2007 after he was subjected to abuse, which he said was a regular experience.

He later indicated he would return to playing both football and hurling after the Fermanagh County Board apologised for the abuse.

Darren Graham playing for Lisnaskea Emmetts in the Fermanagh Senior Hurling Championship Final at St. Molaise Park Irvinestown. Pic Pat Reilly

Another member of the Graham family Jimmy (39) was killed while driving a school bus in Derrylin in 1985.

A fourth sibling, Hilary (27), died in 1979, years after being hit by a car as she manned a UDR checkpoint.

Mrs Morrison said being the only member of her family left was “lonely”.

"You didn't know where to turn, who to talk to or anything else," she said.

"It was... really devastating for the family and to their wives and to the youngsters that they left behind."

Ms Morrison said her father was left a "heartbroken man".

"That memory is always with you and the older you get the more you want your family.”

She explained why she never talked about the killings before.

"I just kept it all to myself.

"You kept going on from day to day and that was it,” she told BBC NI.

Pam Morrison. Picture by BBC.

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