here is Michael Donegan, with other members of the Ludlow family circle, and
relatives of the victims of the Dundalk
bombing of December 1975, addressing the gathering at the Seamus Ludlow Commemoration, on 29 April 2001.
Wreaths were laid by, or on behalf of, Kevin Ludlow, Mrs. Nan Sharkey, Mrs.
Eileen Fox, Mrs. Kathleen Donegan and by the families of the late Paddy Ludlow
and Barney Larkin, at the simple memorial to their murdered brother Seamus.
Further wreaths were laid on behalf of relatives of the dead of the
Dublin/Monaghan, Dundalk and Castleblaney bombings.
In the course of his address, Michael thanked many people
and groups, in Ireland, and abroad, for their support for the Ludlow family's
campaign for truth and justice. The list is extensive.
Among the many who deserve appreciation are: journalists Ed
Moloney, The Sunday Tribune; Anne Cadwallader, Ireland on Sunday; and Aeneas
Bonner, The Irish News; Jane Winter and her colleagues at British Irish Rights
Watch, London; Paul O'Connor and the Pat Finucane Centre, Derry; the Irish
Council for Civil Liberties, Dublin; Monsignor Raymond Murray, Cookstown, and
Relatives for Justice, Belfast; Louth County Council; Newry and Mourne
District Council; Seamus Kirk TD; the late Louth County Councillor Miceal O'Donnell;
Councillors Tommy Reilly and Arthur Morgan; Anne-Marie Eaton and the Dundalk Democrat; Don Mullan, author and TV3
broadcaster; Professor Bill Rolston, author of "Unfinished
Business: State Killings and the Quest for Truth"; James MacGuill,
solicitor, Dundalk; Toni Carragher and the South Armagh Farmers and Residents Committee;
Bernard Moffatt and the Celtic League; Amnesty International; Karl Winn and
32.net; Justice for the Forgotten; Liz Walsh of Magill Magazine; Father Brian
McCreesh; the Rooney and Watters families of Dundalk;
Though this dignified commemoration attracted a large
gathering to the small country lane near Ballymascanlan Hotel, the event was
largely ignored by the Irish national press and broadcasters. Only the Irish
News in Belfast reported the event, with no reports in the other national
dailies. The Ludlow family was grateful for some advance publicity provided by
the Irish independent TV3 News and by Anne Cadwallader in the Ireland on
The local weekly Dundalk
Democrat alone produced a detailed report of the Commemoration. This
report can be accessed on another page.
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