Gerard Evans

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Gerry Evans
Born
Gerard Evans

1955
DisappearedCounty Monaghan, Republic of Ireland
DiedMarch 1979 (aged 24)

Gerard Evans (1955-1979) was one of the "Disappeared" of The Troubles. Having gone missing in March 1979, his body was discovered 31 years later in October 2010.[1]

Early life[edit]

Gerard Evans, known as "Gerry", was a 24 year old painter and decorator from Crossmaglen, County Armagh, in Northern Ireland.

Disappearance[edit]

Evans was kidnapped by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in March 1979 whilst hitch-hiking in the Castleblaney neighbourhood in County Monaghan, Republic of Ireland. After an interrogation by a kangaroo court involving a party of twelve local PIRA members on the accusation of being an intelligence agent for the British Government in the Armagh/Monaghan district, Evans was taken at night into the County Louth landscape, where, after pleading for mercy from his kidnappers, and being permitted to make a last prayer, he was shot in the back of the head.[2] His body was afterwards illicitly buried in an unmarked grave in a peat bog at Carrickrobbin, near Hackballcross in County Louth, five miles from his home in Crossmaglen,[3] the decision having been taken by the Provisional IRA to deny involvement with his disappearance and conceal the evidence of his murder to avoid alienating the community of the village of Crossmaglen, where the Welsh surname of Evans was common.[4]

Discovery of the body[edit]

In October 2010 the Sunday Tribune journalist Suzanne Breen published a story that she had received information about the location of Evans' body from an ex-member of the Provisional IRA's "South Armagh Brigade",[2] the source also giving the details of Evans' kidnap and murder. After an extensive search of the vicinity indicated the Garda Siochana located Evans' body on 15 October 2010. The source stated that their decision in coming forward with the information was influenced by the 2007 murder of Paul Quinn.[2]

A funeral took place for Evans' body at St. Patrick's Church in Crossmaglen on 4 December 2010, with it being buried in the church's graveyard.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Remains of Disappeared victim found in Co Louth - Independent.ie". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  2. ^ a b c Suzanne Breen (17 October 2010). "Masked IRA man's map leads to body in Louth". Sunday Tribune. Archived from the original on 21 October 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Remains were 'Disappeared' Crossmaglen man Gerry Evans". BBC News. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  4. ^ 'Disappeared but not forgotten: the grim secrets the IRA could not bury', 'The Guardian', 10 May 2014. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/may/10/disappeared-ira-troubles-northern-ireland
  5. ^ 'Disappeared Man Gerry Evans' funeral takes place', British Broadcasting Corporation 4 December 2010. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11912486