Catholic children evacuated after Bushmills mob attack
A group of Catholic school children were attacked while on a
residential course in County Antrim.
Pupils from St Aloysius' High School in Cushendall were on a
course in staunchly loyalist Bushmills when the centre they
were staying in was attacked.
Students were asleep in the early hours when windows were
broken by bricks, stones and bottles thrown by a loyalist mob.
The children had to be evacuated from the centre.
School principal. James McAuley said the attack "is to be
"It is with deep regret that the staff and pupils of the above
named school had to be withdrawn from a residential course at
Bushmills Educational Centre on Monday night, due to an
incident whereby the centre came under attack," he said.
"At this point in time there are no reports of physical injury
and all pupils and staff have returned home safely. Both staff
and pupils have been left traumatised by the incident and
assistance at school level will be offered to all those
"It is appalling that such an attack should take place putting
at risk the health and safety of pupils and their teachers and
it is to be deplored."
Moyle Sinn Fein councillor Oliver McMullan described the
incident as a "despicable and cowardly attack on innocent
"Thankfully none of the children were injured but had it notc
been for the swift action of teachers and hostel staff who
escorted them from the centre things might have been much
"This was a sectarian incident and one orchestrated by the
"Teachers and staff are to be praised for doing everything
necessary to ensure that none of the children were injured.
"The Department of Education must as a matter of urgency
launch an investigation into this incident. Until such time as
it can be guaranteed that there will not be a repeat of this
mornings grotesque events it is not very likely that the
parents of children attending catholic schools will want their
children anywhere near Bushmills."