Bloody Sunday victim’s granddaughter meets Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales (right) talking to Bethany McLoughlin - a grand-daughter of Bloody Sunday victim Gerard McKinney - who was part of a choir that sang during a peace and reconciliation prayer service in Co. Sligo, on the second day of the prince's visit to Ireland.
The Prince of Wales (right) talking to Bethany McLoughlin - a grand-daughter of Bloody Sunday victim Gerard McKinney - who was part of a choir that sang during a peace and reconciliation prayer service in Co. Sligo, on the second day of the prince's visit to Ireland.

This photograph shows the moment when the grand-daughter of a Derry man murdered on Bloody Sunday met Prince Charles - the colonel in chief of the British Army regiment responsible for the 1972 Bogside massacre.

Bethany McLoughlin’s grandfather, Gerard McKinney, was one of 13 people killed when paratroopers opened fire on unarmed civil rights marchers on January 30, 1972.

The 17-year-old joined a multi-school choir at a service of peace and reconciliation attended by Prince Charles in St Columba’s Church, Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo, on Wednesday.

Bethany was later introduced to Prince Charles and shook his hand.

Her mother, Mairead McKinney, said that her own mother, Ita, had given her blessing for any handshake between Bethany and the prince.

“The service brought tears to my eyes,” she said. “It was a lovely service about peace and reconciliation.

“It was very emotional watching Bethany sing. I was so proud of her.”

Gerard McKinney (35) was shot in Glenfada Park as he tried to make his way to safety.