Limavady Ulster Unionist Councillor Aaron Callan has called on the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to recognise the contribution of a former Limavady Councillor, Captain Marcus McCausland, who was murdered by the IRA while still in office on 4th March 1972.
Councillor Callan said; “This proposal is to reflect the contribution that Marcus McCausland made to the local area and his tragic untimely death while serving his local community as a Councillor.
Councillor Marcus McCausland was murdered on 4th March 1972 when he was kidnapped while travelling home after visiting friends in Donegal. He was the third generation of the McCausland family to serve as a Unionist Councillor in the Limavady area following the footsteps of his Grandfather Maurice and father Conolly.
“He was elected to Limavady Urban Council on 22nd May 1968, shortly after the death of his father Lt. Col. Conolly Robert McCausland. Marcus had served in the Irish Guards and had been a Captain in the Ulster Defence Regiment until he resigned his commission a couple of months before his tragic death. Several thousand people lined the streets for the funeral procession from the family estate at Drenagh to a requiem mass in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and on to burial in the family plot at Drumachose Parish Church.
“I have therefore proposed that the Causeway Coast & Glens Council erect a plaque and name a room after Marcus in the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre where the old Limavady Urban Council met. We must also remember there is a family at the heart of this story and throughout we must be mindful of the feelings they have about the tragic death of a much loved family man whose passing also meant a great loss to the town. I hope other Councillors see the merit in recognising Marcus and his contribution to the local area both as a Councillor and as someone who served his country at a very difficult time.”