|Birth: ||May 15, 1926|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1969|
Husband of Phyllis Devenny, father of 9 (6 daughters and 3 sons); he would have been the grandfather to 18.
By occupation Mr. Devenny was an undertaker and hearse driver for McClafferty and Sons in Derry. He was known as a quiet, mild-mannered and kind man, and had never been a participant in any political agitation. Newspaper accounts reported his funeral as one of the largest the city had seen, attended by over 15,000 people.
He died of the injuries he received when he was beaten by the RUC while standing in the front doorway of his home in the Bogside. Several of his family members were also injured in the incident, which occurred on the 19th April 1969.
Police had been chasing several young people who fled from nearby rioting into the Devenny home, through the open front door and out the back. When the police entered the house and failed to find their targets they turned on the family, including some of the children. The beating Mr. Devenny received triggered a heart attack which caused his death, and as with many deaths associated with the Troubles, no individual was ever charged. An investigation into the incident allowed the family a compensation payment, but failed to bring the responsible parties to justice.
A memorial plaque now stands at the spot on William Street where the Devenny home, site of the assault, once stood.
Derry City Cemetery
County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Created by: tovah
Record added: Aug 02, 2006
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