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U.S. fund for Quinns

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Patrick Markey

A group of Irish-American activists have formed a committee in New York to raise funds for the Quinn family, whose three sons were killed in an arson attack in Ballymoney.

The group, the Quinn Family Support Group, was formed following the deaths of Richard, Mark, and Jason Quinn, who burned to death after a firebomb was thrown through the window of their home on July 12 during the Drumcree standoff.

A 23-year-old Ballymoney man, Thomas Robert Garfield Gilmore, has been charged with the murders.

“It was such a horrible tragedy that everyone I’ve spoken to is hoping to help out with this,” said Paula Vayas, one of the group’s organizers. The fund will be a short-term project aimed at “helping the family start over again. They have nothing over there,” she said.

A fund has already been set up in Northern Ireland for the Quinn family and Vayas said the group has been in contact with that organizer to coordinate their efforts.

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A public meeting for the fund will be held at Rocky Sullivan’s in Manhattan on Thursday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m., and a fund-raiser is planned for Rory Dolan’s in Yonkers on Aug. 28. Other fund-raisers are being planned for Manhattan.

For details, call Vayas at (212) 289-3863.

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