Robert Glover

From the book Lost Lives: the stories of the men, women and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troubles: by David McKittrick, Seamus Kelters, Brian Feeney, Chris Thornton and David McVea

 

Robert Glover, Tyrone

Civilian, Protestant, 38, married, 3 children

He was killed by an IRA car bomb at Hodge’s Hill on the Ballygawley to Dungannon road. The force of the explosion blew his Audi car through a wire fence and into a field where it burst into flames. He had driven 20 miles before the bomb was triggered when he drove over a ramp. The IRA said he was a member of a major contracting firm which had been supplying material to the security forces. The Dungannon priest Fr Denis Faul described Robert Glover as ‘a good man who had given valuable service to the community’.

Ulster Unionist MP Ken Maginnis, who knew the Glover family, said Robert and his family had been scrupulously fair employers of both communities for two generations. He added, ‘If there was a man who epitomised, and whose family epitomised, what we need in this community then this was one person who did not deserve by any standards, or by the horrible standards of the IRA, to die like this.’

Robert Glover, from Moneymore, Co Londonderry, had been involved in charity work, particularly for the BBC’s Children in Need appeals. His uncle, William McCutcheon, a UDR man, was shot dead by the IRA in 1976. His mother Eileen was interviewed for a Thames Television This Week programme which was broadcast on 28 June 1990. She said, ‘They put Semtex under his side of the car and that went up, and the car went on fire and there was a massive explosion. You know, I’ve had deaths in the family but there was always a body and you saw a body and that was very final, but we never saw Robert. They brought a coffin home and they said, “This is Robert’s remains.” I think that was really the heart-rending thing, that we never even saw him to say goodbye to.’

Robert Glover pictured in 1970

Robert Glover pictured in 1970

 

Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt. First XV – 1968-69 Standing from left – William R Todd, headmaster; James McKinley, Brendan Kyne, William Johnston, Robert Glover, John Devlin, John Eastwood, Thomas Young, Dawson McConkey, games master Seated from left – Harry Graham, Roy Harris, Dessie Chada, Martin Eastwood, Patrick McGuckin, Jim Eastwood, Nigel Lyons. In front – Willie Phillips Robert Glover is wearing his Ulster jersey

Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt. First XV – 1968-69
Standing from left – William R Todd, headmaster; James McKinley, Brendan Kyne, William Johnston, Robert Glover, John Devlin, John Eastwood, Thomas Young, Dawson McConkey, games master
Seated from left – Harry Graham, Roy Harris, Dessie Chada, Martin Eastwood, Patrick McGuckin, Jim Eastwood, Nigel Lyons. In front – Willie Phillips
Robert Glover is wearing his Ulster jersey

 

Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt. First XV – 1969-70; Schools’ Cup finalists Back row from left – Terry Eastwood, John Overend, Liam Eastwood Standing from left – William R Todd, headmaster; Charlie Phillips, Niall Hurley, Laurence Patterson, Roy Patterson, Sean Doherty, Michael Devlin, Dawson McConkey, games master Seated from left – Paul Rooney, Robert Glover, Patrick McGuckin, Dessie Chada, John Devlin, Jim Eastwood, Brendan Kyne Patrick McGuckin and John Devlin are wearing their Ulster jerseys

Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt. First XV – 1969-70; Schools’ Cup finalists
Back row from left – Terry Eastwood, John Overend, Liam Eastwood
Standing from left – William R Todd, headmaster; Charlie Phillips, Niall Hurley, Laurence Patterson, Roy Patterson, Sean Doherty, Michael Devlin, Dawson McConkey, games master
Seated from left – Paul Rooney, Robert Glover, Patrick McGuckin, Dessie Chada, John Devlin, Jim Eastwood, Brendan Kyne
Patrick McGuckin and John Devlin are wearing their Ulster jerseys

 

First XV – 1969-70 Back from left – Patrick McGuckin, Jim Eastwood, Laurence Patterson, Bob Glover, Brendan Kyne, John Devlin, Roy Patterson, John Eastwood, Sean Doherty Front from left – Charlie Phillips, Michael Devlin, John Overend, Niall Hurley, Dessie Chada, Paul Rooney, Michael Lamont, Terry Eastwood

First XV – 1969-70
Back from left – Patrick McGuckin, Jim Eastwood, Laurence Patterson, Bob Glover, Brendan Kyne, John Devlin, Roy Patterson, John Eastwood, Sean Doherty
Front from left – Charlie Phillips, Michael Devlin, John Overend, Niall Hurley, Dessie Chada, Paul Rooney, Michael Lamont, Terry Eastwood

 

Schools’ Cup final – 17 March 1970. John Eastwood breaks with the ball; other Rainey players from left are John Overend, Bob Glover, Roy Patterson, Jim Eastwood, and Niall Hurley behind the referee

Schools’ Cup final – 17 March 1970. John Eastwood breaks with the ball; other Rainey players from left are John Overend, Bob Glover, Roy Patterson, Jim Eastwood, and Niall Hurley behind the referee

 

Schools’ Cup final – 17 March 1970. Rainey line-out standing from left – John Eastwood, John Devlin, Robert Glover (white sweatband). Crouching in front – John Overend (2) and Roy Patterson

Schools’ Cup final – 17 March 1970. Rainey line-out standing from left – John Eastwood, John Devlin, Robert Glover (white sweatband). Crouching in front – John Overend (2) and Roy Patterson

 

Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt. First XV – 1970-71 Standing behind from left – Brendan Kielt, Robert Colvin, Michael Thompson Standing from left – Dawson McConkey, games master; Seamus Higgins, Thomas Wilson, Richard Doherty, William R Todd, headmaster; Lindsay McDowell, Michael Love, Seamus McGeary, assistant coach Seated from left – Liam Eastwood, Richard Paul, Bob Glover, Jim Eastwood, John Eastwood, Sean Doherty, Charlie Phillips Robert Glover and John Eastwood are wearing their Ulster jerseys

Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt. First XV – 1970-71
Standing behind from left – Brendan Kielt, Robert Colvin, Michael Thompson
Standing from left – Dawson McConkey, games master; Seamus Higgins, Thomas Wilson, Richard Doherty, William R Todd, headmaster; Lindsay McDowell, Michael Love, Ian Lee, Seamus McGeary, assistant coach
Seated from left – Liam Eastwood, Richard Paul, Bob Glover, Jim Eastwood, John Eastwood, Sean Doherty, Charlie Phillips
Robert Glover and John Eastwood are wearing their Ulster jerseys

 

Rainey Endowed School – Valete/farewell to the school leavers of June 1971

Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt – Valete/farewell to the school leavers of June 1971

 

 

St John’s, Moneymore – 14 November 2015

St John’s, Moneymore – 14 November 2015

 

2015 wreath

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