|Birth: ||Nov. 30, 1957, Ireland|
|Death: ||Mar. 6, 1988, Gibraltar|
Danny McCann was born in the Clonard area of West Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended St. Mary's Grammar School and grew up In a time known as the "Irish Troubles".
He was imprisioned without cause and jailed for 6 months following which he joined the IRA.He was involved in operations to defend his community, protect his people and fight for the Civil Rights of his people and for a Free Ireland. After years of service he was tired of the war and sought and received permission to step down.
Danny returned to "civilian" life, taking over the family butcher shop.
However he remained a target of the British Forces who regularly harrassed him and passed intelligence regarding him to the UFF (Ulster Volunteer Force a Paramilitary Organization) even though they were aware he was no longer involved inb the IRA.
March 1987 two armed men raided his home and interogated his mother at gunpoint in search of her son. Later he had a cross with R.I.P. marked on it left at the entrance to his butcher shop. He rejoined the IRA.
He was part of a Reconnaissance Mission to Gibraltar with Sean Savage and Mairéad Farrell. He was betrayed by a trusted friend who reported his mission to the authorities.
Along with Sean Savage and Mairéad Farrell he went to Gibraltar in March 1988. The security forces who had monitored the group over several months had also sent a team of SAS to Gibraltar under a shoot to kill policy called "Operation Flavius". (Death on the Rock).
On March 6 1988 as Mairéad and Danny walked along the streets of Gibraltar, Sean trailing behind them they heard men behind them. Turning to see guns in their hands, Mairéad and Danny put their hands in the air to surrender, Sean ran in another direction. Danny stepped to protect Mairéad when a hail of bulletts flew. Mairéad was shot three times in the back and as she lay on the ground was shot twice more in the face.
Danny was shot four times, twice in the back and while lying on the ground wounded, twice more in the head.
Sean Savage was chased down and in a hail of bullets was shot at least 16 times, five bulletts in the back, four in the head and multiple other areas.
The British Government released news reports indicating the three were high ranking IRA terriorists who were shot dead after planting a massive bomb which they planned to detonate by remote control.
The British Legal System deemed the killings to be lawful.
Subsequent reviews of the case by the European Court of Human Rights in 1995 found that the "Killings were unlawful". There was no remote control device, no active bombs. There had been no warnings given to the three to stop and no effort made to arrest them. The three Volunteers were unarmed at the time of their murders.
The bodies were not released until 10 days after the murders and many obstacles had to be overcome in order to fly the remains home. As they arrived in Dublin landing again on Irish soil a party of Provisional Volunteers in Belfast fired a volley of shots over a memorial of Mairéad, Sean and Dan as Father Piarus O'Duill prayed over the deceased.
After crossing the border into the North the coffins draped in tricolours were seized by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). They warned the families that the funerals must take place "Within the law" and without
"Paramilitary Trappings". While the mourning families waited the coffins were "delivered" to their respective homes in what was a show of power and control on the part of the RUC.
Kevin MacCracken another young Belfast man was shot dead by the British Army while trying to assist mourners at the home of Sean Savage on March 14 1988.
The funerals of the Gibraltar 3", were held on March 16 1988 and were attended by over 10,000 people. They were to be buried together in the Republican Plot at Milltown Cemetery after Requiem Mass.
As Fr. Alex Reid and Fr. Raymond Murray prayed at the graveside and the final coffin; that of Dan McCann was lowered into the ground; the ceremony was disrupted by hand grenade blasts and shooting.
Michael Stone loyalist paramilitary was attacking mourners in the graveyard. His grenades and gun shots would cause the deaths of three more people. Thomas McErlean, John Murray and Caoimhin MaBradaigh who responded to the attacks by trying to protect mourners, more than 60 others were injured.
On March 9 2008 twenty years after the murders of March 6 2008 there were commemorative marches held in Northern Irealand in honour and remembrance of The "Gibraltar 3".
Queens University Belfast were Mairéad had been a student at the time of her death also commemorated the event with a black flag vigil. At the time of her death it was custom for the university to lower the flag to 1/2 mast in respect of a deceased student. This honour had been refused Mairéad in 1988 which moved students to take over the Vice Chancellors office and lower the flag themselves.
Died with - Mairéad Farrell
Died with - Sean Savage
Note: Murdered in gilbraltar
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Created by: Rest in God
Record added: Mar 30, 2010
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