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 This photograph of Seamus Ludlow was taken later in his life.This is a youthful photograph of Seamus Ludlow, taken several years before his murder.This memorial stone marks the place where the dead body of Seamus Ludlow was discovered on Sunday 2nd. May, 1976. This new stone recently replaced another stone.




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The Argus, 12 February 1999:

Ludlow murder: Public meeting called for Dundalk

"Family are not going to let this matter die"

Pressure will be put on the Government to open an independent public enquiry into the ,murder of Seamus Ludlow when a public meeting takes place next Thursday night, 18th February at 8pm in the Town Hall, Dundalk.

Mr Ludlow's body was found on 2nd May, 1976 and since then the family say they have been treated very badly as they sought to find out who was responsible for his death.

However, they now believe the Garda authorities for one, know exactly what happened that night and are anxious that a full enquiry be held.

"I, and others involved in this campaign, don't raise much hope of a prosecution, but you just don't know what might happen if enough pressure is put on," said Jimmy Sharkey this week.

Mr Sharkey is a nephew of the deceased. His mother is one of three sisters of Seamus still alive, along with a brother, Kevin.

!The Gardai had the information all along about the murder, while the RUC have confirmed they are looking for none other than four men in particular."

He said witnesses to the murder had given their story to newspapers and the evidence against the culprits was very strong. While the Ludlow family have many grievances with the way the whole affair was handled, Jimmy pointed out that they weren't even told about the inquest which was held on 19th August 1976, only finding out about it afterwards from a newspaper report.

"A press conference is also being held in Dublin the same day of the public meeting. We want to make the public aware of how badly the family has been treated," Jimmy continued.

He added Jane Winters, who is with British Irish Rights Watch, will use the meeting in the Town Hall to launch an independent report she has carried out on the murder.

"we're expecting a big crowd. People have been taking a lot of interest in this and in light of the Peace Process, albeit a fragile one, we'll be pressing for an enquiry.

"We feel this has to be cleared up. The family are not going to let it die."

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