The Murder of Seamus Ludlow in County Louth, May 1976. Towards a public inquiry?







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The Dundalk Democrat, 15 March 2003:

Plaque to Patrick Mone unveiled

 A special plaque was unveiled on Castleblayney Main Street last Friday to commemorate the death of Mr Patrick Mone who lost his life when a bomb exploded in Castleblayney twenty-seven years ago.

On the 7th March 1976 when the Troubles were at the height Castleblayney was targeted for a terrorist attack. The bomb exploded on that Sunday outside the Three Star Inn now known as the Comet and ripped through the whole Main Street of the town.

Mr Mone was sitting in his car outside the building and when the bomb went off he took the full blast resulting in his death. There has never been a conviction for this terrible crime. There was much damage caused to the main street of the town resulting in the demolition of a number of buildings in the area.

It was a great shock to the people of Castleblayney that their town should have been picked out for such a dastardly deed. But like many other communities they had to just pick up the pieces and get on with things. For quite some time after that there was a great sense of unease and anxiety among people as they walked the streets at night. But eventually normality returned to the town.

Mrs Anna Mone-McAneaney, widow of the victim of the bomb, was present for the unveiling of the plaque, as well as members of the Castleblayney Town Council.

Among the councillors present were Cha Lynch, Brendan Hughes, Sean McCooey, Joan Langan, Olive Bolger, James Cunningham and Jackie Crowe. Also present was Town Clerk Maeve Deighan.

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See also : The Dundalk Bombing

The Dundalk Democrat, 26 January 2002: Blayney bombing to feature in new book

The Dundalk Democrat, 4 May 2002:  Dundalk bombing enquiry

The Dundalk Democrat, 18 May 2002: Book claims to identify Dundalk bombers

Magill Magazine, September 2002:The Truth Trickles Out   Mystery has always surrounded the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings. An independent inquiry has been set up to look at the events surrounding the attacks, and the bombing of Dundalk the following year. Donall O Maolfabhail reports on its likely findings.

The Dundalk Democrat, 21 September 2002: Barron investigations lead to public inquiry into Dundalk bombing

The Dundalk Democrat, 21 December 2002: Nearly 30 years on and the fight for justice continues

The Dundalk Democrat, 4 January 2003: A photograph of Joe Tiernan's book launch in Dundalk.

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