Omagh Bomb Victims
Those who died in the Omagh bomb, 15 August 1998
Fernando Blasco Baselga was a 12 year old schoolboy from Madrid, Spain. He was taking part in an exchange trip with children from Donegal, and had gone on the day-trip to Omagh. Less than half of the children in the bus returned home that day: the rest were either dead or injured. Fernando’s family was no stranger to terrorism: his father had been injured by an ETA bomb in Spain in 1992. Although Fernando was some distance from the bomb, he was killed instantly when struck by a single piece of debris. Apologising to the Spanish people, a Buncrana priest said “I hope you can forgive us, remembering the real Ireland and not the ‘real’ IRA”. Fernando’s family said “We would like the deaths of Fernando and Rocio to be the last ones caused by terrorism and their deaths to shed a ray of hope on the paths of peace”. His body was brought back to Spain under a full military escort.