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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, 14 May 1976:

Sympathy with murder victim

At their meeting last Tuesday night, Dundalk Urban Council passed a vote of sympathy with the relatives of the late Mr Seamus Ludlow, Thistle Cross, who was found dead near his Mountpleasant home two weeks ago.

This was proposed by Mr Seamus Keelan, who said that Mr Ludlow was a quiet inoffensive man, and it is to be hoped that those who carried out this dreadful crime would be brought to justice.

Mr F. Browne seconded, and Mr Seamus McGuinness said that the people of Marian Park knew the deceased well, as he had acted the part of Santa for several years at their children's parties.

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The Argus, 14 May 1976:

Louth murder:

Provo statement

The Provisional IRA issued a statement this week in connection with the investigation into the murder of the County Louth man, Mr Seamus Ludlow, whose body was found near Dundalk a fortnight ago.

In the statement the Provisionals said: "No unit or member of our organisation was concerned in any way with this foul killing".

It continued that, as had been emphasised in an earlier statement from the South Armagh Brigade of the Provisionals, the killing was "obviously the work of some British Army SAS unit or sectarian loyalist killers from the North".

"The Provisionals reserve the right to retaliate for all form of outrage perpetrated in the community and those responsible should bear that warning in mind," the statement concluded.

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The Dundalk Democrat, 8 May 1976: Mountpleasant man murdered in cold blood Grim discovery on a by-road

The Dundalk Democrat, 8 May 1976: A brutal murder

The Sunday Press, 9 May 1976: "Santa" NO CLUE Town is outraged.

The Irish Press, 10 May 1976: Murder probe: no link with the SAS Gardai issue denial

The Dundalk Democrat, 15 May 1976: The Ludlow murder No fresh developments

The Irish Independent, 16 May 1976: Murder Victim Wrong Man?

The Sunday World, 16 May 1976: Mistaken identity theory in Santa Claus killing. He was the "double" of top Provo

The Argus, special report 30 August 1985: On May 1st 1974, a forestry worker left his home to go for a drink: the following day his bullet riddled body was found. Nine years later we ask: WHO KILLED SEAMUS LUDLOW?