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Images of the horror that was the Dundalk bombing of 19 December 1975 - a horror that left Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters dead and their families were abandoned and denied justice for thirty years.

Most of the black and white photographs on this page are taken from the pages of Dundalk's two weekly local newspapers, The Dundalk Democrat and The Argus, both dated 12 July 2006. Even today, some thirty years later, these images have the power to shock.

These editions carried detailed coverage of the publication of the private Barron Report into this loyalist atrocity and other similar sectarian attacks along the border in the 1970s. Links to these local press reports can be found below.

The scene of the Dundalk bombing outside the Town Hall on Crowe Street, with inset the Kay's Tavern bar across the street which bore the bruth of the blast. Photo from The Dundalk Democrat, 12 July 2006.
















Above: This photograph shows the scene outside Dundalk's Town Hall on Crowe Street in the aftermath of the bombing. Kay's Tavern (see inset, top right of photograph), on the opposite side of the street, bore the brunt of the explosion, which killed Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters, and injured many more! 

Mr Watters was enjoying an after work drink inside the Kay's Tavern bar, when the bomb exploded outside. His body was found in the wreckage.

Meanwhile, Mr Rooney, who is believed to have been walking along the street outside at the fatal moment, was found very seriously injured, and still conscious, at the entrance, but he passed away a few days later.

A view of Kay's Tavern after the car bomb explosion of 19 Devember 1975.A photograph taken soon after the car bomb attack on the night of 19 December 1975 showing the emergency services at work. Photo: Paul Kavanagh, From The Argus, 12 July 2006.







Above: More views of the scene at Kay's Tavern bar, Crowe Street, Dundalk, showing the aftermath of the crime. The photograph above right shows the rescue and recovery operation in progress just hours after the car bomb exploded.

Another view of the bombing in Crowe Street, Dundalk. Photo: Paul Kavanagh - From The Argus 12 July 2006.









Above: Another photograph of the destruction at Kay's Tavern after the loyalist car bomb explosion on 19 December 1975. Members of the Garda and Dundalk fire service are seen in the foreground. Also present are a number of visiting government ministers from Dublin.

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Download the Barron Report on the Dundalk bombing from the Oireachtas website.

This document is in Adobe PDF format and can be downloaded from the link below.

Interim Report on the Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Bombing of Kay's Tavern, Dundalk.

Houses of the Oireachtas, Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights.

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See the Irish News, 5 July 2006: "Relatives 'furious' over Barron report blunder

See also The Irish News online breaking news, 5 July 2006: Pub bombers 'treated better than victims' families'

See also: Oireachtas press release of 5 July 2006.

Daily Ireland, 6 July 2006: Blast victim’s relative hits out

The Irish Examiner, 6 July 2006: Loyalists had licence to kill Catholics, finds inquiry

The Irish Independent, 6 July 2006: Bombers 'treated better than victims'

The Irish News, 6 July 2006: Relatives want 1975 bombing inquiry

The Irish News, 6 July 2006: Horror lives on for bar owner

The Irish News, 6 July 2006: Report points to RUC reservist's farm as base for UVF operations

The Irish News, 6 July 2006: Hope that collusion theories may be brought to surface

The Irish Times, 6 July 2006: 1970s bombing victims complain of official neglect

LMFM Radio online news report, 6 July 2006: Hearings into report on Dundalk bombing to begin in September

TOM News, 6 July 2006: Latest Barron Report Highlights Need for Ahern-Blair Summit on Collusion

Daily Ireland, 7 July 2006: Taoiseach urged to call summit

Daily Ireland, 7 July 2006: Barron inquiry typically leaves more questions than answers Conclusion of report into collusion allegations between loyalists and the British government is 'unsatisfactory'

Daily Ireland, 7 July 2006: Families to discuss Barron report

Daily Ireland, 7 July 2006: Garda probe questions raised

The Irish News of the World, 9 July 2006: Showband massacre: shocking new report Former cop behind plot

The Newry Democrat, 11 July 2006: Collusion summit call

The Dundalk Democrat, 12 July 2006: Gardai expected bomb at Imperial

The Dundalk Democrat, 12 July 2006: Barron Report is a step closer to the truth

The Dundalk Democrat, 12 July 2006: Families will continue their campaign for justice

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006: Inquiry lists 19 suspects

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006: Members of RUC and UDR probably knew about plan to bomb Dundalk

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006: Guide to names listed by inquiry

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006: My father and family have been let down by the government

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006: Authorities reluctance to admit mistakes cost families heartache

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006:Joint Committee likely to hold series of hearings in autumn

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006: Sharp differences over fingermarks evidence

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006:Questions that still need answers

Daily Ireland, 13 July 2006: Justice Group seeks advice

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Produced in association with the Ludlow Family.

 Visit the Ludlow family's websiteVisit Justice for the Forgotten  Statement by John Oliver Weir

Download the Barron Inquiry Report into the 17 May 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings, (pdf file)

Barron Report: on the Dublin Bombings of 1972 and 1973, can also be downloaded in pdf form

Download the Barron Report into the murder of Seamus Ludlow from the Oireachtas website (pdf file)

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