A new book charting some of the darkest days of the troubles has been launched by a Rathfriland-based victims support group. ‘Tears & Memories’ is a compilation of personal and poignant stories of the effects of republican terrorist violence on 12 members of TEAR (Together Encouraging and Remembering Victims of the Troubles) who have a connection with the security forces. Three decades of terrorism has left both mental and physical scars and sadly, all too often, resulted in the loss of a loved one. ‘Tears & Memories’ recounts the strength, courage and resolve shown by theses families and tells of how they coped during their darkest days. The book was officially launched in Rathfriland Bowling Pavilion last Friday night. A spokesperson for TEAR said: “At times it can seem that people in Northern Ireland are so eager to move on and embrace a peaceful society that they forget the sacrifices that were made. “The pain and hurt of victims is still felt today. “TEAR believe that this book will act as a lasting memorial to the sacrifices that were made during the troubles in Northern Ireland and become a legacy for future generations. “Copies of ‘Tears & Memories’ will be placed in local libraries and schools, so that everyone will be able to learn of the atrocities that republican terrorists inflicted on our society.” The project was funded by the Community Relations Council.    

TEAR is a voluntary victim support organisation, established in April 2004, committed to the process of offering support and advice to those affected by terrorist violence. The primary objective of TEAR is to help and support the direct victims of terrorist violence in any way possible. Bringing direct victims together, in a safe and friendly environment, allows them the opportunity to share their experiences with one another, and to remember the sacrifices that they or their loved ones have made. For more information visit www.tear.org.uk

Source: Banbridge Chronicle, 14th October 2009