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







3 July 2002 - The Irish Attorney General has directed the Coroner for County Louth to hold a fresh inquest into the death of Seamus Ludlow.  . . . . Please return for updates and important developments.    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 Dundalk Democrat, 15 May 1976:

The Ludlow murder

No fresh developments

The circumstances of the murder of Mr. Seamus Ludlow, whose body was found about a mile from his residence at Thistle Cross, Mountpleasant, on Sunday week last, remains a complete mystery. Extensive Gardai investigations, including house-to-house enquiries, were continued this week, and it is understood that a Garda appeal to anyone who could give any information as to the dead man's movements on the Saturday night, to come forward, did not produce anything not already known to the authorities.

Urban Council sympathy

Dundalk Urban Council on Tuesday night passed a vote of sympathy with the relatives of the deceased man. Mr. S. Keelan, who proposed it, said that Mr. Ludlow had been a quiet, inoffensive man, and it was to be hoped that the perpetrators of this dastardly crime would be brought to justice.

Mr F. Browne seconded.

Mr. S. McGuinness said that the people of Marian Park (where Mr. McGuinness lives) knew the deceased man well, as he had acted the part of Santa Claus at their children's parties.

Minister's sympathy

Mr. P.S. Donegan, TD, Minister for Defence, on Sunday last, called on Mrs Annie Ludlow, mother of Mr. Seamus Ludlow, at her home at Thistle Cross. He expressed his deep sympathy with her and the relatives on the tragic happening, and also conveyed the sympathy of the Fine Gael party on the murder, which, he said, had shocked the entire countryside. Mr. Ludlow, aged 48, had been a member of the Faughart-Ravensdale branch of Fine Gael.

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