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 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 Irish Independent, 16 May 1976:

Murder Victim Wrong Man?

Murder squad detectives investigating the mystery killing of County Louth man Mr. Seamus Ludlow, whose bullet-riddled body was found across a hedge in a "lover's lane" off the main Dublin-Belfast Road between Dundalk and the South Armagh border a fortnight ago, are now working on the theory that the murder victim may have been mistaken for a leading South Armagh Republican.

It is known that serious consideration is being given to the possibility that the 48-year-old bachelor who lived at Thistlecross, three miles from Dundalk, may have been mistaken for a "top Provo" living in the south.

Otherwise, the gardai feel, the killing was a straightforward sectarian one.

In North Louth republican sources are known to have some concern over the suggestion that the Ludlow killing may have been one of mistaken identity and there is some degree of alarm over the possibility that some republicans who have moved south in recent years might be on the "target list" of some Northern loyalist para-military groups.

The Provisional IRA in South Armagh has already accused the British army or "some loyalist sectarian group" of the murder and they have warned in a statement during the week that "the Provisionals have reserved the right to retaliate for all such foul sectarian outrages".

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