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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 Press, 10 May 1976:

Murder probe: no link with the SAS

Gardai issue denial

A Garda spokesman last night described as "totally without foundation" a Sunday newspaper report that gardai were investigating a possible link between the finding of eight SAS men in the South and the murder a week ago of a man in Co. Louth

The denial came as gardai in Dundalk continued their manhunt for the killer or killers of Seamus Ludlow (48), whose body was found thrown across a hedge near his home at Thistlecross, Culfore, Co. Louth.

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians travelling in the area were questioned by gardai on Saturday night in an effort to help them remember anything suspicious they may have seen on the night Mr. Ludlow was murdered.

The dead man, who was shot three times in  the chest at close range, was described locally as a "quiet person" who, for many years, acted as Santa Claus to hundreds of local children in the Border town.

Supt. Dan Murphy, Dublin Castle, one of the principal officers involved in the murder investigation, said last night that there had been no developments in their hunt.

"Everything that moved in the area between Newry bridge and the scene was stopped and questioned on Saturday night and early Sunday morning. But so far there has been no progress. We are always hopeful that people might contact us as a result of this".

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