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23 April 2001 - 29 April 2001
23 April 2001 - Ludlow family supporter Jim
J. Kane, of Irish
Organizations United (IOU), issued this letter to the press in
Ireland and the United States to promote the Ludlow family's upcoming 25th.
anniversary commemoration. The letter also appears on IOU's website at http://celticj1.tripod.com/IOU/ludlow//ludlow1.html
The Ludlow family appreciates the tremendous help that Jim, Jeannie and IOU
have given them by promoting this commemoration.
25TH COMMEMORATION - APRIL 29, 2001
REMEMBERING SEAMUS LUDLOW -
REMEMBERING TO FIND JUSTICE
Seamus Ludlow was a 47-year-old Catholic bachelor who lived at
Thistlecross, Mountpleasant, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland. Seamus was
murdered on the 2nd of May 1976. He was killed for resembling another
person, as local people say that the sleeves of the murdered man's coat were
ripped out by those looking for a tattoo on both arms to verify that they had
"gotten" the correct person, but to their dismay they indeed
murdered an innocent man.
On the 25th Aniversary of the murder of Seamus Ludlow, his family,
individual and group supporters are involved in a commemoration ceremony for
the slain County Louth man. On April 29, 2001, the commemoration will begin
at 4.00pm at the memorial at the place where the body was found, in a lane
off the Bog Road, near his Thistlecross home, just north of Dundalk, and in
the vicinity of the Ballymascanlan Hotel. The opening speeches will be by Ed
Moloney, Kevin Ludlow, Michael Donegan and Jimmy Sharkey. Wreaths will
be laid by relatives of Dublin and Monaghan bombing, Castleblaney Bombing,
Dundalk Bombing and by relatives of Seamus Ludlow. Prayers will be read
by, Monsignor Raymond Murray and Fr. McCreesh.
It is expected that members
of other families demanding justice for the victims of the Dublin, Monaghan,
and Dundalk bombings and other loyalist murders south of the border
There will be a special
anniversary Mass at the nearby Ravensdale Church at 7.00pm the next
Wednesday, on the 25th anniversary precisely. Seamus is interred in the
nearby Ravensdale Calvary cemetery.
Seamus lived at his life-long home with his elderly mother and his married
sister and her family. Seamus worked with his brother-in-law Tommy Fox (now
deceased) as a forestry worker in the vicinity of his home. Every week
when he got his wages, he dutifully handed them to his mother and she gave
him back an "allowance". He was educated at the nearby old
Faughart National School.
Seamus, who was ordinarily a quiet man, had a great love for children in his
large family circle. Seamus Ludlow was a man with no enemies, who worked
tirelessly on behalf of charitable organisations and was a friend to anybody
who needed his help.
He was the man who for many years acted as Father Christmas to hundreds of
young children. He used to go from door to door in the big Marian Park
estate for a number of years distributing presents on behalf of the local
tenants' associates. He was always playing jokes on the children, who adored him.
Who killed Seamus and why?
Recent revelations of an RUC and Gardai cover-up dating from the 1970's show
how in fact it was known all along that Seamus Ludlow was the victim of a
Loyalist/British Army murder gang. It is now known that the RUC in
Belfast handed a file on the killing to the Gardai in 1979. This file
contained the names of at least three of the suspects who were arrested by the RUC nearly
20 years later, in February 1998. It has also emerged, from statements
made by one of the suspects, Paul Hosking, than a 19-year-old member of the
Ulster Defence Association (UDA), that he was questioned about the murder by
the RUC Special Branch , some eleven years later in 1987.
In a report given by a Mr. Paul Hosking, the fourth man in the car that
tragic day, Mr. Hosking gives his report to the RUC Special Branch a full account of the murder, including the name of the person who he said did the
actual shooting, and yet it was not until 1998, a year after the case was
reopened that the four were arrested for this murder. Mr. Hosking stated the
murder was carried out by three (3) UDR soldiers who were also members of
the Loyalist Red Hand Commandos, and he also stated in the National Press
that the Garda were aware of their identities in 1979. The decision by
the Northern Director of Public Prosecutions not to press charges over the
murder brings a very strong belief by many that there has been a cover up by both the Garda and the RUC for over two decades.
What we must ask is:
Will the British and Irish authorities ever accede to the Ludlow family's
demands for a full and public inquiry, where the family and its legal
representatives will have the right to view files and papers, and to
subpoena and question witnesses regarding the murder of Seamus and what
seems to be a cover-up on both sides of the border?
REMEMBERING TO FIND JUSTICE - HOW YOU CAN HELP:
We, the supporters of the family of Seamus Ludlow and the Seamus Ludlow
Campaign, believe a full inquiry can be achieved. Your assistance is
needed in writing to and asking the public officials who have the power to
institute such an inquiry, to begin such a proceeding immediately. Seamus
deserves to be remembered for the kind of person he truly was - a man with a
family, home, community ties and love for his land. Justice for Seamus can
be realized with your help.
For more information on the Seamus Ludlow Campaign, please click on the link
SUPPORT THE SEAMUS LUDLOW APPEAL FUND
Bank of Ireland
78 Clanbrassil Street
Account No. 70037984
Jim J. Kane
Irish Organizations United
1420 N. Lincoln Avenue
Here is the list of newspapers and other
media groups that Jim
sent the letter to. His IOU colleague Jeannie's list follows his:
Nat. on live Ire.
World News Ire.
Scranton Times, Pa
Sunday Business Post
Citizens Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa
The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa
Philadelphia Weekly, Phila, Pa
Philadelphia City Paper, Phila. Pa
Allentown Morning call, Allentown, Pa
Capitol Wire, Harrisburg, Pa
Pittsburg Posat Gazete, Pittsburg, Pa
Pittston Gazette, Pittston, Pa
Irish Heritage RBB
Jeannie sent the IOU letter to:
The Gazette, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Chronicle
San Antonio Express News
New Jersey Online
New York Times
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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26 April 2001 - The following press release
was issued by the Ludlow family:
Seamus Ludlow Commemoration.
The Ludlow family will be holding a commemoration for the
25th anniversary of innocent murder victim Seamus Ludlow in County Louth on
Sunday 29th. April, 2001, at 4.00pm.
Seamus Ludlow (47), a Catholic bachelor, was abducted by
Loyalist killers after leaving a Dundalk bar around midnight on 1st May
1976. He was taken to a lane less than a mile from his Thistlecross,
Mountpleasant home, shot three times while still sitting in the back of a
car, and his body was thrown like a dog upon a grassy bank.
For 25 years the Ludlow family has been searching for the
truth, amid false claims that the victim was shot by the IRA because he was
an informer and that members of his family were involved. These lies, spread
by elements within the gardai and the British Army, were finally laid to
rest in February 1998 when the RUC arrested four Loyalists from the Comber/Newtownards
area of County Down. The suspects included three former members of the Red
Hand Commando murder gang, of whom two were also members of the UDR at the
time of the killing of Seamus Ludlow. One of the suspects was actually a
Captain in that regiment.
A fourth man, known to have been a 19 year old member of the
UDA at the time of Seamus Ludlow's murder, admits to have been a witness
rather than a participant in the crime. He claims that he was first
questioned about this matter as far back as 1987, when an RUC Special Branch
detective instructed him to say no more about the case, because it was
political. The man has claimed that the RUC seemed to have known the whole
story all along.
It has now emerged that the RUC passed a file on at least
three of the prime suspects in this crime, to detectives of the garda murder
squad from Dublin, in 1979. Neither the RUC nor the garda acted upon
this file, nor were any of the suspects arrested until 1998. Files gathered
dust in Belfast and in Dublin, while Seamus Ludlow's killers were free to
kill again and again.
The Ludlow family is appalled that the RUC and the garda
should have covered up vital information which protected the loyalist
killers from justice. This cover-up continued alongside a smear campaign
against the innocent victim and his family for some 23 years. The Ludlow
family has thus demanded public inquiries into the garda and RUC's role in
this cover-up and smear campaign and the protection of Loyalist killers.
The Ludlow family's commemoration will take place at the
memorial in the lane, off the Bog Road, in the vicinity of Ballymascanlan
Hotel, north of Dundalk, where this sectarian murder was committed on the
night of 1st/2nd May 1976. Speakers will include journalist Ed Moloney,
Kevin Ludlow, the only living brother of the victim, and other members of
the Ludlow family. Prayers will be led by Monsignor Raymond Murray and
Father Brian McCreesh.
Wreaths will be laid by the Ludlow family, as well as
families of victims from the Dublin, Monaghan, Dundalk and Castleblaney
27 April 2001 - The Irish independent TV3 news
featured a report on the Seamus Ludlow case and the weekend's 25th
anniversary commemoration. Ludlow family members Kevin Ludlow and Jimmy
Sharkey and Ludlow family solicitor James MacGuill, Dundalk, were
interviewed. Kevin and Jimmy renewed the call for a public inquiry and the
need to bring closure to this 25 years long injustice.
The Irish government's case was put by
Minister Dermot Ahern, TD, himself from Dundalk, who stated that "in
this age of transparency" the Irish government had nothing to hide.
The Ludlow family would of course argue that
there is nothing transparent in the Dublin government's long delayed decision
on a public inquiry or about the Taoiseach's failure to meet with the Ludlow
family, or even to acknowledge several written requests for such a meeting.
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29 April 2001 - The Ludlow family's
commemoration marking the late Seamus Ludlow's 25th anniversary, at the place
of his murder, was a major success.
A gathering numbering 200 to 300 people helped
the Ludlow family honour the memory of the innocent man who was murdered
there in 1976. People came from far and wide: Dundalk, Dublin, Belfast Derry, Cavan,
Monaghan, and the local south Armagh and north Louth district to witness the laying
of wreaths at the memorial and to hear addresses by members of the Ludlow
family and special guest speakers.
The attendance included members of Justice for
the Forgotten, representing the families of victims and survivors of the
Dublin and Monaghan bombings, as well as the Watters and Rooney families,
relatives of the victims of the Dundalk
bombing of 19 December 1975.
Also present were relatives of the late
Patrick Mohan, a victim of the Castleblaney bombing of March 1976. The Ludlow
family was also pleased to be joined by members of the McAnespie family from
Aughnacloy and the Drumm family from Belfast who also lost loved ones at the
hands of British state forces or loyalist murder gangs.
Guest speakers included journalist Ed Moloney
and Monsignor Raymond Murray. Prayers were led by Father Brian McCreesh. Also
present was Mr. Paul O'Connor, Pat Finucane Centre, Derry, and Mr. Seamus
Kirk, TD County Louth, who are both valued supporters of the Ludlow family in
their demand for a public inquiry.
Ed Moloney's address
I WANT FIRST OF ALL TO THANK JIMMY, KEVIN AND
MICHAEL FOR INVITING ME TO SPEAK HERE TO MARK THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF SEAMUS
I DON'T NORMALLY MAKE PUBLIC SPEECHES ABOUT
ARTICLES I AND OTHER JOURNALISTS HAVE WRITTEN BUT AFTER CAREFUL THOUGHT I
CONCLUDED THAT IT WAS NECESSARY TO BREAK THAT RULE IN THE CASE OF SEAMUS
AS WE ALL KNOW TWENTY-FIVE LONG YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THAT DREADFUL NIGHT
WHEN HE WAS SHOT AND DUMPED IN THIS SMALL LANEWAY BUT SEAMUS LUDLOW'S FAMILY
ARE NO NEARER GETTING THE TRUTH AND JUSTICE THEY DESERVE THAN THEY WERE
WE DO HOWEVER KNOW A GREAT DEAL MORE ABOUT THE EVENTS OF THAT NIGHT NOW THAN
WE KNOW THE NAME OF THE LOYALIST KILLER WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER;
WE KNOW WHY HE WAS IN CO LOUTH THAT NIGHT AND WHO WAS WITH HIM;
WE KNOW THAT THE GARDAI KNEW ALL THIS NOT LONG AFTER SEAMUS LUDLOW WAS
WE KNOW THAT THE RUC SPECIAL BRANCH HAD THIS INFORMATION AS WELL; AND WE
KNOW THAT THE AUTHORITIES IN THIS STATE BEHAVED DISGRACEFULLY TO THE LUDLOW
WE KNOW THAT THEY LIED TO AND MISLED THE FAMILY ABOUT WHO KILLED THEIR
BROTHER AND UNCLE.
WE KNOW THAT THEY CRUELLY, DELIBERATELY DIVIDED THE LUDLOW'S, PITCHING
SIBLING AGAINST SIBLING, COUSIN AGAINST COUSIN FOR THE BEST PART OF TWO
DECADES, YEARS THAT CAN NEVER BE RECOVERED.
WE KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF SEAMUS LUDLOW'S DEATH TO SUSPECT
THAT ALL THIS WAS DONE, ALL THESE LIES AND DECEPTIONS PERPETRATED IN ORDER
TO PROTECT THE GUNMAN WHO KILLED SEAMUS LUDLOW AND TO COVER UP THE COVER UP
BOTH IN THE NORTH AND IN THIS JURISDICTION.
WHAT MADE THIS MAN SO SPECIAL THAT FOR YEARS NO ACTION WAS TAKEN AGAINST HIM
AND SO MANY LIES TOLD TO PROTECT HIM?
WE KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT TO ASK THAT THE STATE SHOULD
FORMALLY AND PUBLICLY THROW OPEN ITS SECRET FILES SO THAT AT LAST THE LUDLOW
FAMILY CAN HAVE PEACE OF MIND.
EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK THESE DAYS THERE ARE PUBLIC TRIBUNALS AND JUDICIAL
INQUIRIES MANY OF THEM DESIGNED TO LAY TO REST GHOSTS OF THE NORTHERN
THE GOVERNMENT IN THIS JURISDICTION HAS BEEN TO THE FORE IN PRESSING THE
BRITISH TO SWEEP THE SKELETONS OUT OF THEIR CUPBOARDS BUT WHAT ABOUT THEIR
WHAT HAS THE LUDLOW FAMILY BEEN OFFERED?
A SECRET, PRIVATE INVESTIGATION WHOSE DELIBERATIONS, UNLIKE THOSE IN THE
GUILDHALL OR IN DUBLIN CASTLE WILL BE KEPT FROM PUBLIC VIEW AND SCRUTINY AND
WHOSE OUTCOME MAY OR MAY NOT BE FOLLOWED UP. AN INQUIRY INTO WHETHER THERE
SHOULD BE AN INQUIRY IN OTHER WORDS.
HOW CAN IT BE RIGHT TO DEMAND FROM THE
BRITISH THAT THEY COME CLEAN ABOUT THEIR MISDEEDS TOWARDS CITIZENS IN THE
NORTH YET DENY THE SAME RIGHTS TO THEIR OWN CITIZENS?
WHY ARE THEY SO FRIGHTENED OF THE SECRET,
HIDDEN STORY OF SEAMUS LUDLOW'S DEATH? IF, TRULY, THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE,
NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF, THEN COME OUT IN THE OPEN AND SHOW EVERYONE. ONLY
THE GUILTY SKULK IN DARK CORNERS. THE INNOCENT CRY OUT FOR THE LIGHT.
ITS TIME WE WERE TOLD THE TRUTH.
The Ludlow family extends its sincerest thank
to all who attended this commemoration, those who travelled long distances to
be here: particularly Ed Moloney, Monsignor Raymond Murray, Father Brian
McCreesh, and all who helped in any way to make this day a great success.
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