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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 Dundalk Bombing


The Irish News,  13 October 1999:

Families call for inquiries into loyalist murders

By Michael O'Toole
Dublin Correspondent

Families of victims of suspected loyalist violence along the border yesterday united to demand an open, public inquiry into their deaths.

The Border Relatives Group, which has recently been set up, includes relatives of people killed north and south of the border during the mid-1970s, when it is believed loyalist murder gangs carried out a series of attacks.

Last month, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern confirmed that a judicial inquiry would be held into some of the most infamous troubles-related killings in the Republic - but it is more than likely that it will be held in private.

The inquiry will probe the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombs in which 33 people died , the single biggest atrocity of the troubles.

But it will also examine the 1976 murder of Dundalk man Seamus Ludlow, abducted and killed by loyalists just a mile from his home.

The taoiseach also confirmed that the inquiry would examine the 1975 bombing of Kay's Tavern pub in Dundalk, in which two men died.

But the Border Relatives Group also wants other killings to come under the remit of the new tribunal, likely to start early next year. They include:

The 1975 gun and bomb attack on Donnelly's pub in Silverbridge, Co Armagh - three people were killed and it is believed the attack was carried out by the UVF unit led by Robin "the Jackal" Jackson.

The 1976 no-warning car bomb attack on the Three Star Inn  in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, in which one man died and 17 were injured, also believed to have been carried out by Jackson's gang.

Gerard Watters, whose 60-year-old father Hugh was killed in the attack on Kay's Tavern said yesterday: "I want an inquiry into my father's murder and I want it to be public.

"Doors have been closed to us and other families for a long time and I just want to know what people have to hide."

Mr Watters is a serving police officer in England and revealed yesterday that he almost quit the force soon after his father's murder to try to track down his killers.

He said: "I was prepared to jack it all in at the police force and I was going to come back home and go on a vendetta against the killers.

"The only thing that stopped me was my mother getting down on her knees and begging me to go back to England.

"She had already lost her husband to violence and didn't want to lose her only son."

A spokesman for the new group said other families in the border area who lost loved ones in the troubles had contacted them and were considering joining the campaign.

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The Irish Times, 13 October 1999: Victims seek wider inquiry

The Dundalk Democrat, 22 December 2001: Dundalk bomb victims' families still waiting on public inquiry

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