Doreen Granleese was reared in Drumbad, Roscor, Enniskillen. Her father, Robert, was a part time member of the UDR, who worked in the Department of Road Services in Co. Fermanagh. On 25 June 1978, 23 year old part time member of the UDR Alan Ferguson was killed during a sniper and landmine attack on a British Army Personnel Carrier at Belcoo. He had been Doreen’s boyfriend of three years, and as a result of his killing, she joined the UDR in 1979. She recalls an ambush set up in 1980 close to the family home with the intention of shooting her father, Robert. She went to investigate and was shot in the leg by one of the terrorists. She heard that the perpetrators celebrated the shooting in a pub in Belleek later that day. She herself was medically discharged from the UDR as a result of her injury. Further unsuccessful attempts were made on Robert Granleese’s life, and Doreen describes an incident when a booby- trap device was placed under his car, which failed to ignite. She maintains that local intelligence must have been supplied to the IRA about the movements of the family at that time. She still feels anger towards the IRA for the lifelong injury inflicted upon her at the tender age of 22 years.
This collection, carried out by Irish Life and Lore on behalf of Cavan County Library Service, is funded by the EU Special EU Programmes Body Peace IV fund under the objective to build positive relations with people from different backgrounds and communities to support peace and reconciliation.
Download the recording free of charge by adding it to the basket and checking out as normal or listen to it online at this link: CDVOT01-59-McGee